Our View: Donation stations make sense in city

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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 9:00 pm

One idea mentioned in the tourism transition team’s report to Mayor Javier Gonzales was the recommendation that Santa Fe consider “donation stations” as a way to discourage panhandling, while at the same time, get help to people who need it. The idea has been pioneered in cities such as Denver and San Diego. It’s one worth trying in Santa Fe.

Here’s how it works. “Stations,” often disabled parking meters, are set up to receive donations. The money collected in the meters is used to help people who are down and out. This eliminates some human contact, to be sure, but also means that aggressive panhandlers aren’t as commonplace and that people who are just out taking a walk won’t be approached constantly for money. What’s more, in cities where the program has been in place for several years, incidents of panhandling seem to be reduced. Donation meters are being used in more than 16 cities around the country, with money for charities coming both from donations and from business sponsorships of the meters.

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  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 8:00 pm on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 585

    Quite correct, Mr. Knolls. The audacity of the New Mexican almost leaves me speechless -- something we both know is quite impossible.

    Hire the homeless, pay them below the Living Wage and ask us to tip, buy more papers and help "them" out. I don't suppose it occurred to anyone over on East Marcy Street that they could just give the papers to the homeless and let them live off what they can make---no, I didn't think so, makes too much sense.

    Did someone just turn up the thermostat in hell or did the Koch brothers buy the SF New Mexican? Hungry, homeless slaves to sell extra newspapers on street corners.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:28 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2888

    "Some of The New Mexican’s street-corner salesmen, by the way, are picked up from the homeless shelter to sell papers — every dime they get in tips helps them. Even home subscribers can buy a newspaper and share it with friends."

    Hilarious. The New Mexican designates it's homeless newspaper salesmen as independent contractors specifically so the paper can get out of paying the Living Wage to their sales-force, but they want to altruistically suggest that we buy an extra paper just to help out their homeless tip-slaves. No hypocrisy there.

  • Carlos Guthrie posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    CarlosG Posts: 36

    greta Idea New Mexican, why don't you take the leadership in this idea and make it happen, remove a couple of your new paper boxes and install the donation station. Be a leader once not just finger pointer.


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