Ald. Donovan calls news conference to address panhandling
South side alderman also to address concerns about diminishing public safety
Panhandling in the public right-of-way is now a significant problem across the City of Milwaukee, and Alderman Bob Donovan will address that topic and concerns about the decline in public safety across the city during a news conference at 1:30 p.m. TODAY (Thursday, March 26, 2015) at the northeast corner of S. 35th St. and W. National Ave.
Alderman Donovan, who will be joined by concerned residents and business owners at today’s news conference, said he is introducing a proposed city ordinance that would ban panhandling in the public right-of-way along city streets and at intersections.
“The urge to help others is understandable, and the need is obviously there as we’re the second poorest larger city in the U.S., but when folks are handing dollar bills over to panhandlers, the sad reality is they are also feeding the drug habits of many of these individuals, and it’s got to stop,” he said.
“If this type of panhandling behavior is not acceptable in Greenfield, or Oak Creek, or Wauwatosa or Shorewood, then it shouldn’t have to be acceptable to the good people of Milwaukee, either,” he said.
Alderman Donovan said he also plans to address his concerns about “a diminished quality of life and an increase in general disorder in areas across Milwaukee.”
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