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Neighborhood Council Votes to Ban Parking Space Savers [Video]

The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) added its voice to the community’s displeasure with parking space savers during winter snow storms.

In a vote of 6-3, NEWNC supported a ban of space savers in the North End and downtown Boston. The group joins NEWRA along with other downtown groups in signing on to the proposal by the Alliance for Downtown Civic Organizations (ADCO).

The neighborhood votes are advisory to City Hall officials who will be presented with the resolution in the upcoming months. If adopted, the effort would extend the ban currently effective in the South End that prohibits putting out chairs, cones and other objects to reserve spaces after shoveling snow out of residential parking spots.

At its April 13th meeting, NEWNC heard details from the South End’s Stephen Fox and NEWRA’s Ford Cavallari about ADCO’s push to ban parking space savers in downtown neighborhoods. The resolution includes the neighborhoods of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, Bay Village, Chinatown, Leather District, Fenway, North End, West End and downtown Boston. It specifically prohibits treating public residential parking spaces as private property through the use of parking space savers.

The resolution also encourages City Hall to increase street cleaning enforcement. The ADCO petition supports the towing of vehicles to allow for street cleaning efforts by Boston Public Works.