Mr. Checks, by panhandlers do you mean performing musicians (however good or bad), or do you mean homeless people begging? I've lived here for two years, and the same homeless people, and panhandlers have occupied almost the EXACT same positions for the entire time I've lived here. On St. Catharine, there are maybe 10 people panhandling. Half of them are actually good. There are far more homeless people in New York per block and in many of the other cities I've been to. Most people like pan handling. Go to Europe. In cities like Vienna, pan handling is what makes the street experience special. There's some decent musicians performing on the street in Montreal. How that is "falling on hard times" I really don't know. All I know is that there are more nice restaurants, hotels, stores, and arts institutions than there have ever been. But maybe I'm blind.
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7/6/05 at 4:15pm