ALERT: Homeless ban moves forward in Philadelphia to encompass

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
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HOMELESS BAN MOVES FORWARD

A Council committee voted to add University City
to the ordinance.

By Cynthia Burton - Inquirer Staff Reporter


A ban of homeless people from University City advanced significantly
yesterday as a City Council committee fine-tuned an ordinance to keep the
homeless from many of the city's business districts.

Initially, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who represents the West
Philadelphia neighborhood, had her entire district pulled from the
"sidewalk behavior" bill, passed by Council last spring. But angry
residents pressured her to include University City in the legislation,
which bans sitting or lying on public sidewalks in business areas.

After polling hundreds of constituents, she said, she decided to follow the
will of the people, who did not want the homeless walking from Center City
to their neighborhoods. But, she said, she still considers the bill "the
most anti-American bill I have ever seen."

Councilman Richard Mariano took the opposite approach. He got a bill
released from committee yesterday that bans people from sitting or lying on
sidewalks anywhere in his district, which runs through parts of North
Philadelphia to the Northeast.

"I'm afraid if they leave [ Center City ] , they will move up to Kensington
and Frankford," Mariano said.

The Committee of the Whole also released Mariano's bill to allow the
distribution of handbills in the city. The original sidewalk-behavior bill
banned giving out handbills, which Mariano, former Councilwoman Happy
Fernandez and the American Civil Liberties Union all said violated the
right to free speech.

The bills moved without opposition.

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<paraindent><param>right,left</param>HOMELESS BAN MOVES FORWARD


A Council committee voted to add University City

to the ordinance. 


By Cynthia Burton - Inquirer Staff Reporter

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A ban of homeless people from University City advanced significantly
yesterday as a City Council committee fine-tuned an ordinance to keep
the homeless from many of the city's business districts.


Initially, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who represents the West
Philadelphia neighborhood, had her entire district pulled from the
"sidewalk behavior" bill, passed by Council last spring. But angry
residents pressured her to include University City in the legislation,
which bans sitting or lying on public sidewalks in business areas.


After polling hundreds of constituents, she said, she decided to follow
the will of the people, who did not want the homeless walking from
Center City to their neighborhoods. But, she said, she still considers
the bill "the most anti-American bill I have ever seen." 


Councilman Richard Mariano took the opposite approach. He got a bill
released from committee yesterday that bans people from sitting or
lying on sidewalks anywhere in his district, which runs through parts
of North Philadelphia to the Northeast.


"I'm afraid if they leave [ Center City ] , they will move up to
Kensington and Frankford," Mariano said. 


The Committee of the Whole also released Mariano's bill to allow the
distribution of handbills in the city. The original sidewalk-behavior
bill banned giving out handbills, which Mariano, former Councilwoman
Happy Fernandez and the American Civil Liberties Union all said
violated the right to free speech.


The bills moved without opposition.


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