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The Great Snow Debate

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - If you live anywhere in our region then you’ve been pounded by record amounts of snow. Two or three days without snow feels like an accomplishment, and some think that a week with no snow should lead to a celebration!

However, with all this snow comes an interesting debate. Say after a major snowfall you spend hours shoveling out a parking space on the street near your home. Is that parking space now considered yours? Can you reserve it? And if so, for how long?

Moving through certain neighborhoods you’ll see chairs, crates, and shovels, pretty much anything that people can find to hold a spot and let other people know that space is taken.

It makes sense that anyone who spent that much time digging out that much snow would want the cleared space to be available, but as much as it’s the law of the land, it’s not really the law.

Snowed-in parking spots have gotten so bad in areas like Philadelphia and New Jersey that police have been told to throw out place holders and even arrest anyone who confronts someone over a parking space.

When this debate topic hit social media sites, the responses were crazy! Some told stories about people getting shot over a parking space. Other’s believed in the rule of calling “dibs” on a spot which would allow you to claim a space until the snow is gone, and others chalked it up to common sense. Those were the people that stated if everyone just took the time to dig out one space, then most spaces would be clear and it would no longer be a problem.

With 30 days still left until spring arrives, will this snow spot debate continue? How can it be solved?


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