Stewart said the save-a-spot practice is used only when necessary.
"We try not to because it's against the law ... (but) from time to time, we do," he said. "Those with four-wheel drive don't."
Stewart said another neighbor spent four hours clearing a space in front of his home only to have someone working nearby take the spot.
Michael Lichtenberg spent eight hours shoveling sidewalks, his driveways and parking spots this week. He uses large brown garbage bins to claim his parking spots.
"I know it's illegal, but I do it anyway," he said.
Clearing a spot takes so long, he needs to be able to use the spot he creates, Lichtenberg said. He and two others spent almost three hours clearing out a parking space, he said.
He did take care not to make a bigger mess when he shoveled, Lichtenberg said.
"I didn't throw any snow in the street," he said. "I have that much courtesy."
Some car owners didn't bother shoveling out their cars, leaving vehicles encased in a solid sheet of ice on the street.
Lynn and Stewart weren't happy with the city's road-clearing performance.
Lynn wondered why city plows pushed packed snow into a row of parked cars.
Scott Giffin also took issue with the city's road-clearing. He spent almost three hours clearing the sidewalk in front of Off the Deep End on West Antietam Street. The city plowed snow off the street and onto the sidewalk, Giffin said.
Giffin wasn't even going to try to clear the parking spaces himself, he said. A friend with a plow was going to clear a place to park, just as soon as Giffin could clear off the sidewalk, he said.
He used a metal scraper to chip away at the ice and snow.
Stewart said he saw a plow go down Wayside Avenue, then a salt truck ? but it dropped no salt.
"So we're left to fend for ourselves," he said.