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Should Public Parking Spaces Be Allowed to Be Saved in Snow Storms?

Background and Context of Debate:

Many argue over the practice of saving parking spaces during and following snow storms. Should residents who shovel out a spot save the parking space by leaving furniture, cones, or other objects in the spot when one's vehicle is not present. Some argue that this is appropriate due to lack of parking elsewhere during snowstorms and because much work has been put into shoveling out the space. Opponents argue that the spots are not owned, but public domain - anyone wishing to should be allowed to park anywhere on a public street.

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Should saving of spaces be allowed?

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Pro

Yes, saving of spaces should be allowed. A parking space in front of homes where there are no private spaces or driveways is an inherent benefit of owning the home. Each resident should respect the space of another; however, because many do not, the spaces need to be "reserved" or saved with an object to mark the spot.




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Con

No, spaces should not be allowed to be saved. Home owners who live in areas where no private spaces or driveways are available know this when they buy their home. Legally the street is public domain and thus no space is "owned" by a resident. If a space is unoccupied by a vehicle, it should be made available to any other resident or visitor who needs it.




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Are residents entitled to save multiple spots if they have multiple vehicles?

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Pro

Yes, multiple spaces can be saved if the vehicles are owned by people living in residential home. There should be no limit to how many vehicles and spaces can be saved

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Con

No, multiple spaces should not be allowed to be saved. No spaces should be allowed to be saved. This practice would reduce the number of spaces available for other home owners and create "ownership" of a public space which should be open and available to all equally.

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In a snowstorm, should every resident be required to clear at least one parking space?

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Pro

Yes, each resident should clear at least one parking space so that all spaces are cleared and available. All residents should clear in a speedy fashion all spaces in which vehicles they own occupy that space. In addition, neighbors should help those who cannot clear a space for themselves.




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Con

No, a resident is not required to clear a space unless required to do so by law. Individual residents do not own the spaces, thus they are not bound to clear them. Tax dollars are paid to allow state and local agencies to clear streets, but this is not the responsibility of the home owner. While this may be helpful and respectful to one's neighbors, it is not required.




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Should a space be allowed to be saved indefinitely?

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Pro

Yes, a space should be allowed to be saved at any time and for an indefinite period. Each home owner has an implicit right to at least one space at all times. The presence of snow or other impediment should not factor in to one having the right to park his/her vehicle. If an owner wishes to save a space, it should be allowed at any time.




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Con

No, spaces should not be allowed to be saved at any time, particularly well after snow has melted or after a parking difficulty has subsided. To save a space on a public street is illegal in most areas and unnecessary if adequate parking is available within a reasonable distance.





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