Winter 2002, p.12

The first amendment does not cover blocking the public right of way with brightly colored boxes the size of R2D2.Block The Boxes - Army of "News" Boxes Advancing on Our Sidewalks

In late November, T.A. joined with the NYC DOT to support Proposed Int. No. 943-A, a city law giving the DOT the authority to regulate the plague of news racks and newspaper vending boxes on city sidewalks. Currently, the DOT has no ability to keep boxes from crowding sidewalks and blocking ADA ramps. Unfortunately, the bill was defeated when the City Council crumbled under pressure from the newspaper industry; their lobbyists claimed that the law would violate the industry's right to free speech. T.A. will revisit the issue in 2002 with the new mayor and city council.

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