‘Space savers’ popping up on York city streets

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The snow is overflowing many streets in York, and after digging out of their parking spaces, some residents are getting creative to keep other drivers from pulling in.

“You figure you get out there, dig that spot out, you deserve to have that spot,” says York  resident Eddie Davis, who understood why people are doing that. “Right is right, wrong is wrong.”

However, the practice of putting chairs, recycling bins, and other items to block parking spaces is illegal, against the York city ordinance. It says that leaving “obstructions” in the road is punishable with a fine of at least $10 and up to $600.

But some residents say they work hard to clear the space and don’t want anyone else to take it.

“Looking for a parking spot right now is like survival of the fittest,” says Johan Acosta, who was surprised to see the parking situation, visiting from out of town. “Whoever finds the first parking spot, they win, right now.”

“I don’t like that idea because i’ts a public street but you can run into problems with people too, you know,” says Taree Hanes Jr.,  who comes into York almost every day and has trouble finding parking.  “so when I see stuff like that, I just keep it moving, keep the peace.”


  • Samantha

    I think that they should be able to because everyone has there own lives and people need to take responsibility. Get out there and shovel the snow like everyone else.

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Every block needs a heavy snow removal plan that coincides with the street cleaning schedule. The cities should designate parking officials or a trash truck to remove items at a regular basis during the day.

  • clean spot

    I live in Harrisburg and I shoveled out the spot right in front of my House. My neighbor watched me shovel it, then took my spot after I left. I drive a fwd car this person has an awd.

    • MyTakeOnIt

      It is remotely possible that your neighbor might have had a thought about sharing the spot or holding it for you, perhaps leaving about the time you normally return?

  • VERY P.O.'ed

    I live in an apartment complex. My husband and I dug out our cars along with three elderly couple's cars the first day of the storm, which took HOURS. (mind you, NO ONE else came out and helped to shovel). The second day of the storm, about 50% of the residents, including the elderly, were out shoveling, while the other 50% of the residents sat in their warm houses and (I;m sure) watched from their windows as WE cleaned off ALL the vehicles and the parking lot in front of three buildings. This again, took many hours to do. The very FIRST time i took my vehicle out, having faith in the human respect, I DID NOT put anything in my spot. And YES when i came home, someone took my spot and i had to park in the overflow parking IN THE SNOW. Maintenance said we could put chairs in our spots, but i put faith ahead of ignorance, AND LOST!! YES, I feel if I took the time to clean the spot, even if it was on a public street, I should be able to save that spot for myself. Whether it be with a chair or any other item needed. What happened to me just solidifies how ignorant people can be and how a lot of people in society are like now, LAZY and live off of and take advantage of the hard work of others. SAD, SAD, SAD!!

    • GimmeABreak

      You just confirmed what I already knew.

      And people who know me wonder why I'm jaded on society. I will just refer them to your post.

  • yvette

    I feel if i took 2and 1/2 hours to dig out a spot so i can get my handicap son in and out of my home with out falling on ice. Also the city wouldnt give me a handicap signfor infront of our home. And we have a tag. So i feel it is fair tosave my spot for my sons healthand safety and myown so i wont have to carry him. ( he is 13 and weighs 90 pounds) so if the city doesnt want us to save spots then come plow the streets and make room for parking..

  • Yorker

    Fining people for this is wrong. What the City should have done was to plow large sections of unoccupied street during the day (when people were at work) when they got the chance instead of doing a single lane and nothing more in residential areas. They did this in previous years and I’m not certain why the practice changed, unless it is a money grab. You’ve got little old people out there risking a heart attack to dig out their cars only to have some schmuck who battering-rammed their way out of their own spot lying in wait to grab them.

  • Yorker

    Really, it was crazy, I watched two plow trucks, one right behind the other come through, one had a York City logo on the door. Instead of widening the plowed area to the end of the block, they just trundled through, scraping a little slush from the already cleared narrow path. I just looked, and it still looks like the fricking white cliffs of Dover to the end of the block!

  • IceCream

    I believe anyone living in York City should be able to park at the York Fair Grounds. And then
    walk home. If you live to far get a skate board. This way the snow problem is solved.

  • MyTakeOnIt

    The purpose of removing snow from a spot your car is in is so that you can get out and go somewhere. You do not own the spot. Your option is to not move the vehicle. If you do and there is some other vehicle in the spot you were in, Look for another spot. Just like any other day. Suppose they stuck a dumpster in a spot for a remodel job. You would look for another spot anyway.

    You dig your car out of a spot. You are not digging out a spot for your personal habitat. Otherwise, a squatter in a vacant building gets ownership by default, which is ludicrous.

    I live in the geographical center of a street in the suburbs that is one block long. In 2010, I shoveled a trench to the end of the block in a deep snow. My neighbors connected up to it from their driveways and drove on it to get in and out until the plow came a day later. No one offered to help. They thought I was nuts. I was able to come and go and so were my neighbors (on half of the block). Now, if everyone on my block would do a little of the street, who needs the plow?

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