WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Digging out a parking space in the city; deserve to keep the spot?

Undoubtedly the top local talk-show topic upstate Tuesday was the Wilmington Police Department's advisory that city residents were not entitled to "reserve" parking spots from which they had dug out the snow. If you drove out of the space to go to work or run errands, it was fair game; any other motorist was entitled to park in the space you had dug out. Police would confiscate orange cones, chairs, or anything else you might have put in that space to try to reserve it.

For suburbanites, the battle over parking spaces - and the need to parallel-park in tight spaces - represents just one more unappealing aspect about living in the city.

Anyway, looks like one or more of those orange cones hit the fan.

Now, interim Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings has thrown out enforcement of the law given the pile-up of snow. Somewhat similar to easing up on enforcement of the ordinance in the Little Italy neighborhood during the annual Saint Anthony of Padua Italian Festival. Common sense move.

Posted at 6:05am on February 19, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 6:15am
It would be nice for the City to enforce something! We have plenty of cars parking in spots on a regular basis without a resident sticker on the car.

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 8:09am
As someone who lived in (The City of) Wilmington for 14 years before moving to the northern 'burbs, I have to say that it's an unwritten law that "you dig it out, it's yours." There's nothing more frustrating and blood-pressure raising than spending hours digging out your car from the fallen snow AND plowed-in snow, only to see someone swipe your spot.

Luckily, a lot of long-time Wilmington residents follow this rule very faithfully. It's only the newbies who screw it up for everyone.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 8:30am
Given the fact that it appears many city residents are now packing, it makes sense for the cops to look the other way as folks mark their spot, just so there are not MORE shootings in the city.

The law ought to be changed so that the space in front of your house is your spot, period, whether it's nice outside, or 12 inches of snow on the ground.

I live in the glorious suburbs so I have my own driveway, so it's not an issue for me, but I can totally understand how many a fight could start over digging out a space and then having some "knucklehead" take the space now that you've done the work; that isn't reasonable.

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 8:54am
I heard the topic discussed on Jensen and found it pretty interesting...people are "up in arms" over losing the parking spot they worked on few a few hours but they don't seem to care that the government (both parties) is taking their hard-earned money, their health-care, and their Constitutional rights away.

If you worked for the parking spot, you deserve to keep it...

When people work for something they are more likely to want to fight to keep it... whether it be a parking spot, their paycheck, their house, or their freedom.

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 8:21pm
Hmmmmmmmmm. The City of Wilmington may be an even worse dictatorship than the Obama administration, if a worse dictatorship even exists.

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