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DTLA Could Get Homeless Meters: A month ago we noted an…

December 4, 2012
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2012_10_meter.jpgA month ago we noted an interesting post from blogger Brigham Yen, asking why cities like DC and Philly have donation meters that benefit homeless services, while the homeless capital of the nation--Downtown LA--does not. Well, ask and you (may) receive. Councilmember Jose Huizar notes in his newsletter that he "submitted a motion to instruct the Department of Transportation to implement a program to reuse old parking meters as 'homeless donation meters' in DTLA." [Jose Huizar] Continue Reading

Could Donation Meters Curb Panhandling?: On a trip to the…

October 31, 2012
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2012_10_meter.jpg On a trip to the East Coast, blogger Brigham Yen discovered red donation meters that ask pedestrians for their spare change, which is then funneled to homeless services. Such meters are already in cities like DC, Philly, San Francisco, Orlando, and Miami--Denver raises $100,000 a year from such contraptions. "If we can also install these red donation meters strategically around Downtown LA, it could be the beginning of wresting some kind of control back to the public in dealing with the prevalent panhandling issue," Yen writes. [Brigham Yen, image via] Continue Reading