Portland sidewalks still contentious

Portland’s city leaders are trying to come up with new ways to keep sidewalks clear.

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After the city’s previous “sit-lie” rule was declared unconstitutional, Mayor Sam Adams and the Portland City Council are working to solve the ongoing problem of homeless-pedestrian conflicts.

So far this month, Mayor Sam Adams and other City Council members have met with homeless advocates and downtown business groups about their latest approach and are still seeking ideas for a law that would protect people’s rights to assemble while setting enforceable rules for sidewalk use.

The mayor and council members also said part of their strategy includes doing more to address the causes of homelessness and developing strategies to help businesses thrive in the city core. On an average night, about 1,500 people sleep on the city’s streets.

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