Weekend Photographic Diversion: Dibs

February 12, 2011

More than a week since the Blizzard of 2011 dumped over 20 inches of snow in Chicago, residents are still saving their shoveled parking spaces with a wide array of used and discarded furniture. The practice, known here as “dibs,” had been outlawed in recent years. But last week the mayor and his administration indicated that the city would not enforce the law or collect the furniture used to save parking spaces.

Personally speaking, the saving of shoveled parking spaces with tacky furniture has always amused me. But it’s effective. This weekend, our city expects to reach temperatures above freezing for the first time in a couple weeks. While I’m happy the weather is getting warmer and the snow will be melting, there’s a part of me that will miss the choice selection of used furniture 🙂

Have a great weekend!

How about your neighborhood…if you live in a cold-weather city, do you see examples of dibs or know of other cities engaged in this practice?

1 Lori February 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

Yay!!! I’ve been looking for a post from you about this phenomenon. I’ve lived in the upper Midwest on and off and I’ve never heard of this before. Can I just say, Wow?
I think I’d tend to fall toward your opinion, it’s pretty interesting and adds some cheeky-ness to the streets.

This is awesome, Tim. Thanks so much for sharing, you totally made my day with this post.

2 Tim February 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Hi Lori: I’m very glad you enjoyed the photos. During the week, I saw an ironing board saving a parking space in my neighborhood. Unfortunately, I was driving and didn’t get a photo (it’s now gone)…but it was the first time I can remember seeing that. Since posting this a couple hours ago, I went to get some groceries and saw a couple other memorable pieces of furniture. Need a chair for your backyard? Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

3 Lance February 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

I *love* it!! This is so funny, to see how people save their spots!!

And…how about that!! Warmer weather…something I am most definitely liking right now, too!!

4 Tim February 14, 2011 at 6:49 am

Hi Lance: I know…this practice is important, but highly amusing. And I wouldn’t dare move someone’s furniture to park for fear of retaliation. I’m with you about the warmer weather…it’s so needed right now! I hope you enjoyed it and the warmth in the forecast this week. Have a good one!

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