Passive Aggressive Notes About Parking Spaces

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Now that the snow is melting and parking on streets is becoming easier by the day, we’re seeing fewer spaces marked with chairs or tables.  Sure, if you spend hours digging out a parking space, it’s understandable that you’d want it to be there when you return, and you’d be angry if someone else parked there.  But this collection of snow parking passive aggressive notes (including a few from the DC area) is just ridiculous.

Here’s hoping that the melting snow and eventual thaw will mellow people out a bit.

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at)!

One thought on “Passive Aggressive Notes About Parking Spaces

  1. Ha! I just got a PAN today for parking in a spot overnight that a guy claimed was his. He also accused me of moving his garbage can (the big kind on wheels), which he had left in the spot. Problem was, the can was on the curb, off the street on the grass when I got there last night. Someone else must have moved it and parked there before I got there. I saw the can on the curb, but assumed it was garbage day!

    In his note the guy accused me of “not living in the neighborhood.” Therefore, apparently, I have no right to park there. Wrong on both counts. Our neighborhood is zoned, and, while I don’t live on his particular block, I have the correct zone sticker to park on his street.

    I grew up in snow country and have never seen people “save” spots that they dug out until I moved here. You shouldn’t be able to save spots. There is no assigned parking, you can’t reserve a public space, and it’s inefficient to let spots stay vacant all day while someone is at work.