The Week in Parking

What’s worse than looking for parking in Philly in a snowstorm?

One answer: Trying to scrape frozen bird poop off your car.

Whoever left that cone on the sidewalk needs a lesson in how to 'savsies'

Whoever left that cone on the sidewalk needs a lesson in how to 'savsies'

Danya Henninger / Billy Penn Illustration

Did you hear the news? It snowed. Yep, all over the place. Inches and inches of it. If you’ve been holed up in your house for the last two days because of the frigid surroundings, don’t forget to move your car if it’s in an emergency route.

Having said that, if you’re just hearing about this now, it’s probably too late. Because if your car was on one of the city’s emergency routes, or parked too close to a corner, it’s already gone. If you trudge out to where you left your vehicle before the bomb cyclone hit and it’s not there, chances are it wasn’t stolen. It was moved by the city. The Streets Department urges residents to not call police. Instead, call 215-686-SNOW and someone will tell you where they put your car.

While we’re at it, if you haven’t shoveled your walkway yet, stop reading this right now and go do it. The city requires you to shovel a path at least 36 inches wide within six hours of the end of a snowfall. So get out there. And do not shovel the snow into the street, as the penalty for doing that can range from $50 to $300.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way — and/or if you just got back from shoveling all the way to see if your car was towed — here are some tweets and Instagrams about Philly people parking in a bomb cyclone.

Sorry #NoSavesies dragon, winter is already here

The Philly police are back with a friendly reminder that you can’t save parking spots in the snow. How’s that working out so far?

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#phillyparking #snowday

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Someone get dad a whistle and a badge

Someone get Ashley a badge, too

Rules are rules


No need for #Savesies when you have open lots

If you got a spot before the snow, you got lucky

Who needs a weatherman when you’ve got a Wawa?

This week, 5 mph seems like speeding

Eww. Scrape, man. Scrape!!!!

Spawn of satan could probably melt all this snow

At least it’ll be warm…

‘There goes the Porsche!’

Not enough parking spots? This is what happens when Philly has too many parking spots.

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