Parking Wars!!

Ever since the first major snowfall in December, our neighborhood has been like a war zone when it comes to parking. It’s a residential block, but garages and driveways are small, and so the street spots are scarce. Plus we have a corner store, and two community centers of sorts on the block, which add to the chaos.  That being said, it’s been lovely trying to find parking every night when I get home from work.  Usually after circling the block once, I’ll find something, but lately, there’s been a wrench thrown into the system that mucks everything up.

My lovely neighbors are using their garbage cans as personal parking spot holders.  Luckily, it hasn’t gotten to this stage…

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…BUT it is freaking annoying. Dave and I once drove around to see 6 spots being held by garbage cans.  SIX!!  I’m sorry, last time I checked, owning a house did NOT mean that you own the spot in front of it.  And yes, I understand that shoveling is a bitch and a half.  Especially with all the snow that we’ve had this winter.  But come on people!!  Be a little neighborly!!  I’m not ashamed to say that we’ve totally moved a garbage can out of the way if we can’t find a spot (and this is after looking for awhile.)  But you know what, we shovel our cars out, and we don’t hold the spot with our landlord’s garbage can!  Yes, it sucks to come back and see that the spot we had has been taken, but guess what?? We expect that! It’s a given! 

Trying to save a parking spot with your garbage can to me is just rude.  And inconsiderate.  So, neighbors of the BX, I implore you – have a conscience.  Understand that the street in front of your house does not belong to you.  Someone will love you for shoveling out the spot, just as I’m sure you’ve loved it when you’ve pulled into a freshly shoveled spot yourself. 

/end rant


  1. What you need are these signs, just NYC style –

  2. I've never had to deal with the twin hellish dilemmas of weather AND dense-neighborhood parking, but damn, that sounds just awful. Would there be a riot if someone moved the "placeholder" trash cans?

  3. Now I want to go outside and hug our driveway. I don't know how you hug a driveway, exactly, but I'm going to try.

  4. Yeah, I think I'll go own the parking spots we own too (;


  5. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... says

    Yeah, I agree that it's annoying to find someone in "your" spot that you've shoveled out, but it's SO annoying to then see that other people are saving their spots with chairs and garbage bins. Ridiculous.

  6. I totally agree with your opinion on this – that sounds so infuriating!

  7. That just seems so ridiculous! I mean I've never lived anywhere with snow like that, so I can't really imagine that pain of digging a spot out only having it stolen. But the whole thing seems a little ridiculous to me!

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  9. Jessica (Bayjb) says

    Oh my gosh, this is a major issue in Chicago too. I'm also furious about it. It is a PUBLIC STREET, which means ANYONE can park there. You cannot hold spots!!!


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