Snow has fallen in Baltimore, which means the controversial tradition of reserving of parking spaces with chairs of all shapes and sizes — and cones, ironing boards and other objects — is back, and one Patterson Park neighbor is looking to stir up a little drama.
A recent Craig’s List posting from the East Baltimore neighborhood took a snapshot of a row of chairs and advertised them for those in need of some new furniture. (The listing had been removed by Wednesday evening.)
“Free chairs in front of 3101 E Fairmount Ave on the curb. No need to knock on the door- just haul them away!” the post stated.
Knowing the yearly scrounge for parking during snow, it’s more than probable that residents are claiming their car’s territory with the chairs — a somewhat historic practice that is actually illegal, but not enforced, and irritating to many locals. (See op-ed: “Note to Baltimoreans: That parking spot you shoveled out isn't yours.”)
Others, however, believe it’s only right to reserve a space after spending hours digging it out of the snow, resulting in years of debates, resident rivalries and retaliation in many parts of the city.
Although the tradition is primarily a city-based one — so much street parking — that doesn’t mean it doesn’t extend to the counties.
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