The Editor's Back Fence

One Response to the Bates Anti-Sitting Initiative

By Becky O'Malley
Saturday June 02, 2012 - 10:08:00 AM

An East Coast friend who often visits the Bay Area writes in response to this week's coverage of the mayor's latest anti-sitting campaign:

"Becky, as I get older I become more aware of the need for places to sit down on public streets without arousing suspicions I'm homeless. Not only should we be allowed to sit down -- we should have more benches to sit on. Maybe you can work that idea into an editorial. I guess the idea here is that sitting down on public streets should be perfectly respectable. (Or does the ordinance just prohibit extending your hands as you sit down?)

I expect Berkeley's population is aging.....And how can you have a pedestrian friendly city if people can't sit down if they need to?"
She's got a point—and guess what? I did work it into an editorial, more than a year ago.

But evidently the Berkeley City Council, aging themselves as aren't we all, doesn't remember that. So here it is again

And by the way, check out the Planet's coverage of Anti-Sit over the years here