Submitted by: Anonymous in Terrell Hills2:50pm Jun 29 2011

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Downtown San Antonio

My idea to improve this place

Initiate a 'anti-panhandling' campaign throughout the downtown area! Bench mark cities that have taken an active approach to obliterating pan-handling from their downtown areas.

So that people could... 

Enjoy their lunch, browse shops, listen to music and enjoy the outdoor cafes without the fear of being stopped for money.

Because I want San Antonio to be...

Friendly and the model for hospitality. It is impossible to walk for one block in the downtown area without being stopped by at least one pan-handler. As a city employee, it is embarassing for me to see tourists being stopped and asked for money.


Sky (Jun 30 2011)
Outlawing panhandling is just a bandaid fix to make you and others feel better about themselves, and it is only didplacing the problem and moving it elsewhere. The fact that there are enough panhandlers in the city to make people uncomfortable, as there are in many other cities, says something about the city and provides an opportunity to really make a real positive change in the fabric of the community if solutions are steered away from bandaid solutions, not only that but it empowers communities and individuals to really make a difference .
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