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Space-Saving Chairs Appear; Any in Your Neighborhood?

With temperatures almost balmy Tuesday afternoon, residents in Loch Raven Village were already putting out their lawn chairs to save their parking spaces.

Baltimoreans are famous for going into panic mode at the mere mention of the word "snow."

The battle cry of "milk, bread, toilet paper" is heard across the land and hoards descend upon local grocery stores, wiping shelves clean of the time-honored storm staples.

Sometimes it actually snows; sometimes it doesn't. But that's not the point. Folks were prepared to defend castle and family; the homestead would stand to see another day.

Patch associate regional editor Bryan Sears provided me with a hardy laugh-out-loud moment today when he posted on Facebook a picture of three lawn chairs staked out on a completely dry, clear road in Loch Raven Village.

And for the record, Sears' (privately owned) car was in park when he took the picture.

Loch Raven residents are apparently taking this most recent storm warning to heart, and are using the lawn furniture to save their parking spaces long before the first snowflake is spotted.

Having lived in several rowhome communities, I'm quite familiar with this practice. As illegal as it might be, it's still a time-honored way of saving parking spaces, and residents mostly respect the space-saving maneuver.

But this is the first time I've ever seen the chairs go out in advance of a storm.

What's happening in your neighborhood? Have you seen any chairs, traffic cones or other devices in the streets yet? Let us know in the comments section below, and feel free to add pictures.

Now go get your bread, milk and toilet paper, if you haven't already.

Tom Kiefaber March 05, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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heather March 06, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I love this post, from the picture to your article. This is so Baltimore lol. Thank you for making me smile :)
Eastsider March 06, 2013 at 05:24 PM
20 some years ago everyone in the neighborhood would help out and shovel out parking spots in front each others homes and it was a unwritten rule you dig you park there. Well on night someone from around the corner thought it was a good idea to park for the night in the spot where we cleared for my car. Well the next morning he had a big surprise when he was heading out. Myself and the neighbors shoveled him back in with twice as much snow. He got the message he never parked there again. I wish I could have seen his face when he walked to his car.
Nick Wallace March 06, 2013 at 06:16 PM
When I lived in old Dundalk most of the block would get together and clear the street. Out neighbors, who were very young and able, were the only ones who chose not to help. They were also the first to park in cleared spots. To send a message we would bury their cars back in, shovel all of the snow from the alley into their yard and pile it against the garage door. Spitefull? Yes, but laziness is worse.
Buzz Beeler March 06, 2013 at 08:15 PM
This parking issue has long plagued not only Dundalk but a majority of communities, especially the older ones. Many homes with driving aged teens have multiple vehicles or dwellings where more than one family lives. This is becoming a huge problem in Canton. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-02-18/news/bs-md-ci-canton-parking-20130218_1_canton-community-association-patterson-park-canton-area Often times the police are caught in the middle of these issues. By the way, the folks that do this are committing a traffic offense.
David Rader II March 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Anyone that shovels out the snow gets the spot, whether its in front of your house or not. The fact that putting a chair in a spot you shoveled this is a traffic offense doesn't make it wrong, just idiotically illegal. Just like going through a red light isn't "wrong" if a tractor-trailer is about to kill your family because he fell asleep behind a the wheel - you go through that damned red light. You do the hard work to clear a spot, it's yours until the problem (snow) is gone. It's too bad cops have to waste energy enforcing this typo of a law. If someone's preemptively putting chairs in their spots, that's usually laze and pride taking over. It's hard to judge the individual situation though, considering the person saving the spot may be disabled or something ~ a lot of people who live in row homes can't afford to pay their way into handicap parking signs. One of our neighbors has had trouble getting around for a long time, so we even gave them the cones to save their spot! It's too bad one of our neighbors would put out anyone no matter what their disability to keep their vehicle close to home because "someone might break into it." One neighbor actually puts a cone out every day no matter what. A cop drove by and moved the cone the other day though! Someone must have called. That's a just situation.
bystander March 07, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Chairs left out in the street our equal to garbage left out at curbside ”public domain”. I have enough chairs on my deck now to hold a concert.
Buzz Beeler March 07, 2013 at 04:53 PM
That was a good one and true.
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