Chairs, stools, buckets, laundry baskets, children’s toys, a tricycle, a propane tank, a TV and lots and lots of cones.
Those were just some of the bounty collected by Boston’s Department of Public Works over the past two days as this latest snow storm hit the city – bringing out the controversial yet time-honored tradition of saving parking spaces with assorted objects.
The city forbids the use of space-savers unless the Mayor’s Office calls a snow emergency. City policy allows the use of space savers for 48-hours after the emergency declaration is lifted. During the weekend’s storm, Mayor Marty Walsh made no such call. And so crews were out Sunday and Monday rounding up the wintertime contraband.
A few hundred pieces were stacked in a pile at the DPW yard on Frontage Road in South Boston on Monday – a colorful mélange of plastic, metal and wood, all of it scooped off of Boston curbs and hauled away in city vehicles.
City spokeswoman Bonnie McGilpin told Metro in an email that 10 vehicles, in addition to residential trash trucks, were dispatched to collect the items.