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Pittsburghers: Boston's Ban On Parking Chairs Would Not Fly Here

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Eight feet of snow has led to desperate measures in the streets of Boston. Mayor Martin Walsh has ordered public works crews to dispose of so-called space savers including, yes, parking chairs.

Much of that chair confiscation took place in South Boston. But on the South Side of Pittsburgh, residents say that would not go over very well.

Parking chairs are sacrosanct on the South Side.

"If someone threw away my chair, I'd be pretty mad," said resident Seth Inboden. "I don't think it's a good idea for anyone to do that here."

Commonwealth Press on East Carson Street sells "official" parking chairs and parking chair tee-shirts. But at the South Side Chamber of Commerce, spokesman Tom Barry says the tradition is beginning to fade.

"It's been phased out a bit, because I think some of the older people are starting to move out. They thought that was some of their entitlement to real estate," he said.

According to Don Palmer, up on the Slopes, the more snow residents dig to create their spot, the harder they will fight to keep it.

"You get in here, you start shoveling your spot out, you consider that your spot," he says.

In a land of parking chairs, justice must prevail.

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