From evolutionx1: Welcome to Philly! For those of you unfamiliar with Philadelphia parking: during a snow storm, people generally leave their cars in the street, as there are nowhere near enough garages to put them in. Once the snow has stopped, people shovel out "their" spot and place a chair, sign or stolen parking cone in it. It is then "theirs" until the snow melts. Even though the Mayor's office has disallowed this, it's still routine. It's taken very seriously.