City tackles panhandling

Portland tries for a third time to regulate panhandlers with a comprehensive sidewalk plan.

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Portland will once again attempt to regulate panhandlers with what Mayor Sam Adams calls a comprehensive sidewalk management plan.

It is the city’s third effort, after previous plans were declared unconstitutional.

This attempt aims to deal with all public sidewalk users — including pedestrians, wheelchair users, those with dogs and people who have nowhere to go — by carving out a protected zone in “high pedestrian traffic areas.”…

The draft proposal calls for an 8-foot- or 6-foot-wide zone on public sidewalks downtown and in the Lloyd and Rose Quarter areas. The measurement would start at the edge of a storefront and go out from there. In these strips, people must be ready to move out of the way to accommodate others, especially those with disabilities.

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