The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Dangerous Parking “Dibs” in Chicago

Feb 6, 2023

Imagine coming home from work and not being able to find a place to park because in all of the free spots you see old plastic chairs, broken appliances, fake plants. This is a common problem that hits Chicago every time there’s a snow storm. While the city cleans the streets, it is up to individual residents to clean the parking spot around their car. If snow is bad, this can take up to two hours of hard work. People then save these spots for themselves by placing an item as a way to call “dibs”.

Many residents fear moving these things because of the real possibility of retaliation. Cars have been keyed, tires slashed, and worse, people have been physically assaulted. Because the city doesn’t fix the problem of snow removal and inadequate parking, people take matters into their own hands. This ends up setting people against each other. Neighbor against neighbor.

As with many other issues, the city pretends that there are no resources to fix it, but there are. Working people’s problems are just not their priority!