BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh says it’s “everyone’s favorite topic” in Boston this time of year – space savers.

Walsh and other city leaders held a winter preparedness press conference Wednesday (in front of a giant salt pile, of course) to talk about plans for the inevitable cold and snow this upcoming season.

He discussed keeping the roads clear and safe during a storm, snow day policies and then addressed the contentious topic of space savers – referring to the chairs, cones and buckets Boston residents will use to lay claim to the parking spot they’ve shoveled out.

spaces Space Savers Will Still Be Allowed In Boston This Winter, Mayor Says

Parking space saver in Boston (WBZ-TV)

“The press and people love talking about it and I guess I do too,” Walsh said.

There are no changes to the city’s space saver policy this winter, the mayor said. They are only allowed when Boston declares a snow emergency, and must be removed from the street 48 hours after that emergency ends.

The one exception is the South End neighborhood, where there has been a ban on space savers for the past few years.

On Twitter, however, it seems that some people are clearly ready for a change.

Twitter user Anthony Ferguson, who says he’s lived in Brighton for 28 years, tweeted that the mayor should “get a back bone” and tackle the space saver issue. As of Thursday morning, his tweet had been retweeted over 750 times.

“There should be a fee to have a space saver,” Ferguson wrote. “Only in Boston we have the most territorial people.”

Last winter, people slashed tires and wrote nasty notes over space savers.


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