Dayton City Commission to hear proposed ordinance essentially banning panhandling

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The City of Dayton will make a proposal to city commissioners that would attempt to ban panhandling along the city’s busiest streets and intersections.

2 NEWS reached out to city officials several times and did not hear back. 

The ordinance outlines that pedestrians cannot be within 3 feet of any vehicle on upwards of 50 specified highways, intersections and off ramps.

If a pedestrian is on a traffic island, they must make 2 consecutive attempts to cross the roadway in a safe manner.

The ordinance says drivers cannot suddenly slow down or stop to approach a pedestrian. If they do, they face a misdemeanor of the 4th degree.  

The Downtown Dayton Partnership supports the city.

“These intersections are themselves, inherently dangerous. If there was a way to design the streets and make them more pedestrian friendly, we’d look forward to that. In the meantime we have situation where people and vehicles are making contact.  That’s never a good situation,” said Val Beerbower of The Downtown Dayton Partnership. 

The partnerships launched Real Change in 2017.

The campaign encourages people to donate to programs that help people that could be panhandling. There’s several change meters around the city as well. 

“People in the Miami Valley are so generous. We definitely didn’t want to hamper that. We tried to remind people that there is a better way to give than directly giving it to individuals,” said Beerbower.

The idea being that you don’t always know where your street corner donation is going.

The partnership and the city want people to focus their generosity to organizations that hit the streets every day.

“We hope that people still support places like St Vincent DePaul, HomFull and all the shelters in this area . All of those organizations are great at what they do,” said Beerbower. 

Real Change is expected to have a relaunch in early June with new Inactive.

We will let you know what happens at city commission Wednesday night.

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