Yeah, I wanna be like

Yeah, I wanna be like Seattle. The Association Portland Progress recommends we add one of Seattle’s most highly-ridiculed ordinances to our books: no sitting on the sidewalk. They say:

“The APP assures street-sitters that it has no aversion to panhandling. Rather, its aim is to keep the streets clear for downtown patron traffic.”

I hear my bullshit alarm going off.

I’m downtown all the time, and I’ve never been obstructed by people sitting on the sidewalk. They are there for VARIOUS reasons–selling trinkets, waiting for buses, or just hanging out. Yes, and panhandling. Whatever. The proposed ordinance is a ludicrous over-reaction from people whose shoes are far too expensive.

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