City Paper is not for tourists
Another parking spot hoarder has put pen to paper.
After leaving her Ford Escalade Escape parked in a curbside space near Independence Avenue SE, D.C. driver Amy Pritchard says she found a nasty note (pictured) on her vehicle’s windshield. The neatly inked message offered up some unblushing criticism of Pritchard, who’d taken it upon herself to remove items the writer used to stake out a shoveled parking spot on a block still lousy with snow this week.
“Dear ‘Neighbor,'” the note began. “I’m sure you thought the recycling bin and trash bag were just there for decoration. When a person spends hours digging out a parking spot through two separate snowstorms, she has a right to park there upon her return.”
Though the biting communiqué—notice the quotation marks around “neighbor”—didn’t go so far as to threaten a tire slashing, Pritchard was upset. “I shoveled my own car out, twice, from spots that were taken,” she says. “It’s illegal to try to save a spot on a public street, you just don’t get to do that. It’s not legal and it’s not cool!”
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, who plans to hold hearings on the city’s snow response soon, sympathizes with residents who spent hours digging out their cars, but points out: “There is no reserving parking spaces on public space.”
Despite some control freaks defending parking areas via scrawled threats, Graham has a rosy view of how things have played out between parking spot holders and snatchers during Snowmageddon: “Fortunately, to my knowledge, the threatening tone of many of the notes attached to these place holders were not carried out,” he says. “The overwhelming majority of D.C. neighborhoods handled the limited parking challenges very well and cooperated and respected one another.”