Chicago Alderman, Shockingly, Makes Unpopular Decision And Then Doubles Down
Dibs in Chicago is a sacred thing that locals truly believe in.
A quick refresher on dibs from blockclubchicago.com:
Dibs is a controversial Chicago tradition where drivers who have shoveled out parking spots after heavy snowfall put down placeholders to save their space... Advocates say drivers can spend hours in the cold shoveling out parking spots and deserve to return to that spot.
It makes sense. Parking in Chicago is already next to impossible. If you spent hours digging out a spot that's been plowed over a few times. You should be able to hold on to that spot for a reasonable amount of time.
The problem comes down to what is a "reasonable" amount of time. Is it a few days? Weeks? Until all the snow melts? Different people have different ideas, but generally everyone is ok with someone calling "dibs" on a parking space for a few days after and especially during a snow storm.
We lucked out here in Rockford with only a trace amount of snow on Wednesday. But Chicago, like most of the rest of the Midwest was hammered by the snowstorm. Snowfall totals varied from about 5 inches at O'Hare to almost a foot in and to the south of the city. To add to all that, Chicago continued to get hit with lake effect snow on Thursday to add even more to those totals.
With that kind of snowfall, pretty much everyone in Chicago defaulted to "dibs" mode and figured it would last until at least most of the snow was taken care of.
Well, somebody didn't inform Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez of that, because he Tweeted this out earlier this week.
He understandably, received immediate push back on the decision. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and thought he sent this out without knowing that the snow was going to be so bad in Chicago this week.
That thought was abolished when he responded to a critic with this photo:
Now, that's OBVIOUSLY a picture from earlier in the week. Is dibs ridiculous in this situation? Yes. But that's not what's going on right now.
I'm not sure if Alderman Lopez is up for re-election anytime soon, but if he wants to remain in office, I personally suggest he leaves all the barstools and random junk in the streets for a few more days.
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