Space savers have become a most unneighborly nuisance

Re “No, you don’t own that parking spot” (Jan. 9): I agree with the Globe editorial — space savers should go. This week, social cohesion on my Dorchester block has deteriorated further, as space saver scofflaws brazenly ignore the city’s 48-hour post-snow emergency rule, and the city remains derelict in its enforcement responsibility. Neighbors feel intimidated, shouting matches aren’t uncommon, and everyone dreads yet another evening of potential conflict.

Ironically, space savers were intended to be a neighborly solution to a universal nuisance, but they’ve become an excuse to put oneself above the considerations of anyone else in your community. That some on my street feel they are entitled to a specific parking spot some five days after the last flakes fell is beyond selfish.

Space savers are bringing out the worst in us as neighbors. And it’s particularly disappointing to see the lack of enforcement and leadership from neighborhood associations, city councilors, and City Hall. I watched the garbage collectors come down my street two days after the space savers were no longer permitted, and they didn’t dispose of one cone, crate, or chair. Why have a rule at all if no one is going to enforce it?

Edward Byrne