Shoveled spaces make good neighbors [Letter]

I'm sorry to hear that letter writer David Kulick thinks saving your parking space on the street after a heavy snowfall is a sign of incivility and a lack of commitment to the community ("The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19).

I live on a small, two-way street which isn't wide enough for two cars to pass each other. The alleys to the next street are also connected, and when it snows more than 6 inches you can't get to your garage unless they are cleared.

Needless to say, this can take a few days at least. Everyone on our block helps everyone else dig out their cars and snow-blow the sidewalks. Last time it took two hours of shoveling on two consecutive days to clear spaces for cars.

There's an unspoken pact in a close-knit neighborhood such as ours that if someone shovels out and saves a space, you don't take it for your own car. Even if someone takes a space that you saved, that doesn't justify your taking someone else's spot.

I'm pushing 60 and have a bad back and arthritis in my hands and knees. I don't see why it's such a crime against society for me to want to be able to park when I get home from work at 11:30 p.m.

I always park in the garage and have only one car, so pardon me for thinking I should be able to park on the street when access to my garage is denied.

It all comes down to a consideration of what to do in extreme circumstances and of using common sense to make the best of a situation until things get back to normal. I don't think that's a mark of incivility at all. It's more like a good neighbor policy.

Pamela Hunt, York, Pa.

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