(H/T) You’ll recall from past posts here and here, the City of Atlanta installed over $40,000 worth of “homeless meters” downtown. Supplied mostly from private donations, these “homeless meters” would collect money for the homeless and, as the theory goes, the criminal beggars in the tourist areas will be graced by the wisdom of Shirley Franklin and cease their criminal activity which drives away tourists.
And the results, thus far?
In a word: poor.
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.
Think that these results would send any “lesson learned” message into the liberal, democratic and corrupt stronghold that is Atlanta City Hall? Nah.
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.
The problem, we are told, is that more than half of those downtown who were polled in a February street survey wanted to see more done to curb panhandling, but only 7 percent had noticed the meters. So, if we only noticed the meters, then miraculously more would be done to curb panhandling! The fault for lax enforcement rests at the feet of the Atlanta Police Department, the City Solicitor’s Office and the Judges of the Municipal Court of Atlanta. The fault for electing Shirley Franklin rests with a majority of the electorate.