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Can you save a parking space or not?

In the Philadelphia area, it is two days since the latest snowstorm and one dire question remains. If you shovel out and clean out a spot on a public street for your car, can you save it while you’re out? As you walk the streets of Upper Darby and surrounding areas, you will see lots of trash cans doing just that, saving someone’s spot. No it is not legal to do this but is it ethical?

December of 2013 two Boston men took to fist fighting to figure it out. A judge ordered 32-year-old Juan Beltran-Rivera held on $1,000 cash bail and to stay away from the victim after Beltran-Rivera broke the jaw of that victim. The fight came about after the victim parked in a space that Beltran-Rivera had just shoveled out.

In March of 2011, 35-year-old Oscar Fuller of Jamaica, Queens allegedly punched a young woman in the face after she was standing to reserve a parking space on East 14th Street. Now, 25-year-old Lana Rosas, who lives in the Bronx, is at Bellevue Hospital in a coma, fighting for her life. All of it started over a cleared parking space.
In Philadelphia, saving a parking space is a ritual that even Mayor Nutter said he understood. Philly has its own way of saving spots, lawn furniture seems to be the chosen method. Lawn chairs line the streets up as if waiting the summer light to appear. But sadly no. They are just spot savers. Yes it is illegal but as Mayor Nutter said, “Look, if you spent two hours digging your car out … ultimately that has to be something respected by the community,” Nutter told the Inquirer on Thursday. He went on to say”“Be smart, be nice and don’t be a jerk.”

So the debate goes on. Violence over a saved spot will not be tolerated in any city or township. Townships though do look the other way though when neighbors come together and shovel each other out and then save their spots. It is hard work to shovel out a spot especially after recent snow falls that have been over 11 inches. When a neighborhood comes together then helps to clear the street, it builds community spirit.

What do you think? Should people be allowed to save a spot they shoveled out?



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