Some Hope Snow Removal Ends 'Dibs' In Back Of The Yards

In the Back of the Yards community, parking after a blizzard, like in many Chicago neighborhoods, is a hot commodity.

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SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: More dump trucks are going to be out in one Chicago neighborhood today cleaning up snow so the people living there can park with ease. CBS News Meredith Barack live right now. And Meredith, that plan could eliminate what some people call a very long standing tradition in Chicago.

MEREDITH BARACK: Suzanne, residents in the Back of the Yard neighborhood say parking is a hot commodity after a blizzard. And just like that snowfall we saw this past week, what they're doing there now could make dibs a thing of the past. Take a look at this. These are city crews bringing in heavy machines and dump trucks to remove all the snow on the streets, which will make parking easier for residents. The snow is then dumped into a nearby city-owned lot. It's estimated 200 truckloads will be dumped when they're all finished. Many people do not move their cars after digging out a spot from the snow. Alderman Ray Lopez says by clearing the area, it allows residents to get back to life.

RAY LOPEZ: The added bonus of what we're doing is that if it's open and clear curb to curb, you don't need dibs anymore. You don't need to fight with your neighbors anymore over who dug what out because now it's all wide open.

MEREDITH BARACK: Alderman Lopez says this effort does not cost taxpayers anything. And it is something that needed to be done in the 15th ward as we are expecting more snowfall this weekend. Crews are expected to be back out there again today. Reporting live from the street side studio, I'm Meredith Barack, CBS 2 News.