Gwyllgi, I love ya girl but you make this libertarian shake his head in shame.Originally Posted by gwyllgi
I know they are annoying. Who wants to be panhandled by homeless alcoholics or druggies when you're on your way to your car? But we can't ban something for the sole reason of it being annoying. If that was the case, I'd like to ban broccoli, MTV and road construction.
I think there are ways that a ban can be avoided while deterring panhandlers. For instance, one option is maybe the Home Depot cofounder talking with city officials in working out a deal where he can buy out the sidewalk and/or roads surrounding the aquarium? That way it would be private property and they could kick out all bums they please. Furthermore, because the sidewalk and surrounding property would become private it would be slashed from the city budget meaning less need for taxes.
Of course this is just one idea of many. A ban is a lazy, easy way out of problems.