I used to have my own little parking space when I was renting, but now I have to compete for street parking in JP. I think this is usually no big deal, but it's quickly become a pain with all of the snow. I had no idea what a pain this could be.
I realize that the official rule for marking your parking space is now 48 hours following the end of a snow emergency. I think that makes sense... people should be able to use the spot they spent hours shoveling out for a bit of time. I've seen people try to mark spaces for a week or more and it's a bit ridiculous. What I don't get is why people have been moving the spot-markers lately - not to take the parking spot for themselves after the 48-hour period, but just to remove them to be jerks to their neighbors.
Doesn't this just further complicate the existing issues? If I marked a parking spot somewhere and someone else has taken it, I assume they moved my marker in order to do this... but it seems that they may have innocently taken a spot that someone else has unmarked. I don't understand the reasoning behind this - it's not your place to remove someone elses' marker unless you're taking the spot. Furthermore, we get 48 hours to use that spot. I spent 3 hours shoveling out a spot only to have it taken, and I'm assuming someone down my street is removing markers because I've seen them on the side of the road without cars parked there. It's so obnoxious.
If everyone cleared snow parking spots properly, stopped piling snow in the street which makes parking spots more scarce, and stopped messing with other people's parking spot savers within the allowed 48-hour period following a snow emergency, I think crazy snow-filled winters like these would be less stressful for everyone.