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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Atlanta's homeless meters not faring well

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 2:26 PM

If Atlanta only had a few more "giving" meters the homeless problem would go away.
  • If Atlanta only had a few more "giving" meters the homeless problem would go away.

Remember the homeless pay "giving" meters the city installed downtown to discourage panhandling? They're not working out too well.

From the Associated Press:

Six months after Atlanta business leaders set up parking meter-like machines to accept spare change donations and discourage panhandling, just $500 has been deposited - not much help for beggars who say they can sometimes raise $300 in a day on their own.

Despite the program's dismal beginnings, Atlanta leaders are encouraged. They are installing more of the "giving meters" and using signs to make more people aware of the machines. In other cities, like Denver, thousands of dollars have been raised to help the needy.

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The new program has had several problems, including confusion. Pedestrians have mistaken the new machines for regular parking meters. Atlanta also has far fewer than the 86 meters Denver had when that city started.

(Hat tip to Rogue at Peach Pundit)

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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