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5459Re: Law Suit for Human Scale Access.

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  • turpin <turpin@yahoo.com>
    Jan 30, 2003
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      "paulparma <info@v...>" wrote:
      > In my own city, Austin, by
      > court ruling, transients can
      > no longer be awakened from
      > sleep in public space .. My
      > unstudied understanding of
      > this ruling is that it is
      > based most on the idea that
      > sleeping is a natural and
      > expected part of human life ..

      Well-l-l. What the court did was
      strike down part of an ordinance
      against public camping. Prior to
      the court decision, sleeping in
      a public space was, by itself,
      enough to run one afoul of the
      ordinance. The court, quite
      reasonably in my lay opinion,
      said the city has no power to
      forbid sleeping in public. It
      can forbid making a camp, but
      not mere sleeping. This is an
      issue because the police still
      roust transients who are merely

      > So i was thinking I would look
      > into filing a suit .. that the
      > City, State and Federal
      > governments by their laws and
      > actions have deprived me of my
      > right to pursue my happiness by
      > a most natural and expected
      > manner -- by walking.

      Ah, but the city has NOT forbid
      you to walk. Yes, I understand
      that the road infrastructure
      throws up some impediment. But
      that's quite different from an
      ordinance forbidding it.

      For the sake of the rest of the
      group, I would point out that
      Austin is actually pretty fair
      as a walkable city. Our geography
      blesses us with greenbelts along
      flood creeks, many of which
      become natural walkways with few
      roads crossing them. (These also
      are natural camping spots for
      transients.) The city maintains
      a hike and bike path around the
      bisecting river. And some of the
      older neighborhoods are
      themselves very walkable. That
      said, the larger metro area
      suffers suburban sprawl.

      It's quite reasonable to go
      mostly or entirely car-free if
      you work in one of the inner
      areas. On the other hand, if
      you work for one of the companies
      far north or far south, or along
      360 or 183, then you're firmly
      screwed into commute by car.
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