The Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Association (CIDBIA) is now urging community members to support stronger restrictions on panhandling in the community. CIDBIA Executive Director Maribeth Ellis writes, “The prevalence of panhandling in Seattle is getting worse, creating an unwelcoming environment in my neighborhood … I believe we have an obligation as a community to help those in need, however I don’t believe we have an obligation to allow individuals to solicit money from others near ATM’s, bus stops, sidewalk cafes, business entrances or while they are getting in or out of their car.” The CIDBIA asks community members to write letters to City Council members to implement tougher restrictions.

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