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Should BayWalk sidewalks be off limits to protesters?



SP_218038_rond_sppeace The spot that has become the city's soapbox could soon be off-limits to rowdy teens and government dissenters.

A majority of City Council members said they will likely vote to give the public sidewalk fronting BayWalk to its owners to make the struggling downtown entertainment complex more attractive to tenants and visitors.

The measure is part of a $700,000 effort to bolster security and upgrade the sidewalks and other areas around BayWalk, once a symbol of downtown's potential and economic viability. Mayor Rick Baker says a key part of the plan is privatizing the public sidewalk bordering BayWalk's front entrance to bar frequent protests that some say have hurt business.

Which reader comment do you agree with?
Yes, its absurb to expect people to wade thru those protest lines to get to dinner or a movie.
Protesting is one of therights we have as Americans, just like driving.
The thought of this is just insane.
I smell a lawsuit and rightfully so

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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:55pm]


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