You are still free to roam the alleyways.

The Minneapolis City Council voted down a proposed ordinance that would make it illegal to be in the alleyway of a block you do not live on.

I’m in agreement. Sure it makes sense that you wouldn’t want random folks meandering back there. They could be raiding your recycling for cans or casing your joint or something. But there was no way in hell the MPD could possibly have enforced this law effectively. We don’t have enough cops as it is.

5 Comments so far

  1. Jim (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

    The measure was struck down by a 10-3 vote, with opponents citing *gasp* civil liberties concerns. Damn liberals! Fortunately, we still have our share of middle class fascists in town, who warned us that we will “have to give up some liberties.”

    There’s another little nugget at the end that advises we may have some enhanced spray paint retail control methods implemented. I can’t wait to be protected first from spray paint, then from markers, and then from paint brushes.

  2. Erica (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    give up some liberties — Yeah, was that Don Samuels with that gem? Nice.

  3. Greg (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    Yeah, I was a little less concerned about how they would enforce this ordinance and completely obsessed with the slippery slope that is regulating down which street one may and may not walk. Talk about an overinvolved government – yeesh!

  4. Paul (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    I live in an area that would have benifited from this ordinance passing. I guess
    I’ll just have to keep on giving up my right to feel safe on my own block. I wish I could pack up the prostitutes, drug dealing gang bangers, and crack heads and put them into the alleys of you people who take this issue so light hearted. Sidewalks are for pedestrian traffic, alleys are to get to your garage because you live there, not for walking. There is a reason they have chosen to conduct business in alleys and this defeat just helps them.

  5. soelo (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

    Alleys, sidewalks and boulevards are public spaces. Not every block has two rows of houses with a neat alley running down the middle. Many blocks have businesses, parking lots and apartment buildings on them as well.

    Prostitution, drug-dealing and drug-use are crimes. Walking in a public space is not a crime. If you see someone committing a crime in your alley, call the police.

    My neighborhood also has issues with street crime but I would never support this ordinance.

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