As the days pass, the battle over the proposed Prop L — the proposition that would ban against people sitting or lying on sidewalks in the Upper Haight — has gotten more and more heated. More websites, YouTube videos and rants pop up online everyday in support of one side or the other.
On one side, local business owners say they’re losing customers because of people sitting on the street with dogs, chickens and requests for handouts. They’ve formed a group called Civil Sidewalks complete with YouTube videos and a slogan: “Sidewalks Are for Everyone.”
Supporters of people “spanging” or “spare changing” on sidewalks have their own websites and their own slogan: “Sidewalks Are For People.” They say that Prop L does nothing but criminalize poverty since it doesn’t help the people on the sidewalk find alternative solutions.
There’s a lot of emotion on both sides. There’s also a more neutral side, those who say that Prop L isn’t necessarily wrong, but it won’t stop the problems that it’s trying to fight. Some contend that it’s just a ploy to generate interest in the upcoming November elections. Others say the Haight just needs more of a police presence to enforce the existing ordinances that already ban most of the issues.
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