St. Louis plans new approach on panhandling
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis city and civic leaders are planning new strategies aimed at curbing panhandling in the downtown area.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that despite years of complaints, the number of panhandlers appears to be growing. Officials worry that many are becoming more aggressive.
Anti-panhandling ordinances have had little impact and have come under fire nationally.
Still, downtown business owners fear that intimidating situations cause people to stay away.
Eddie Roth, the city's new director of human services, expects to deliver a plan within the next month to Mayor Francis Slay on how to combat the problem. Meanwhile, Downtown St. Louis Inc. plans a public awareness campaign to educate residents on how to interact with panhandlers.