Boston residents secure space savers until Wednesday after blizzard

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Boston residents secure space savers until Wednesday after blizzard
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Bostonians have until Wednesday morning to savor their space savers after digging out from the blizzard that dropped about 2 feet of snow on the city over the weekend.

Mayor Michelle Wu lifted the city’s snow emergency Monday, and all lawn chairs, coolers, vacuum cleaners and potted plants must be removed from public streets by 6 a.m. Wednesday. Herald reporters observed all of those items in use Monday to save precious parking spaces dug out by South Boston residents.

“I’ve seen cribs out here. They use everything,” said Southie resident Karli Kazanovicz.

Kazanovicz and her friend, Brooke Kirby, were two of many city dwellers who spent hours shoveling out their cars. In all neighborhoods except for the South End, residents follow the edict: “He who hath shoveled, may saveth” — or risk angering a neighbor.

“I’ve seen some mean things written on people’s cars if you move a space holder,” said Kazanovicz.

Parking availability is an ongoing and intensifying problem in many Boston neighborhoods, but particularly in South Boston, where development has skyrocketed in recent decades.

“Parking, in general, is horrible here. And the storm, it makes it that much worse,” said Pedro Montero, a 20-year resident of the neighborhood.

Montero said he spent a few hours digging out his car Sunday, but took a break. He was back out on the sidewalk finishing the job Monday afternoon. He had a cooler ready to go in his trunk in case he needs to drive over the next day or so.

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