[Hpn] Re: Austin police ordenance passed with special stipulations

john macpherson nyceguy50@yahoo.com
Fri, 28 Sep 2001 14:33:42 -0700 (PDT)

The no-sitting ordinance passed and affects only three
streets with heavy foot traffic totaling about thirty
blocks, with a 4-3 vote. It is aimed at those that
agresivly block the right to travel by other's the
same individuals that are agressive panhandling.  The
ordinance was re-worded not to affect the largest part
of the homeless population, and strictly prohibits the
police from using the law against those that use
walking aids specificly wheelchair, and street
merchants.  This dose not affect an entire district
only specified streets.

The reasoning was highly mixed within the council
members, one believing that it wasn't strong nor
comprehensive enough, and at the other end it was too
soon to pass such a rule without other alternatives in

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