The return of the ugly laws

Berkeley's proposed sit-lie law smacks of the old attempts to remove "undesirables" from our line of vision


OPINION In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, municipalities across the country passed what have become known as "ugly laws," often modeling their ordinances word for word on San Francisco's. Read more »

Ghosts of sit-lie past


Is sit-lie a case of not learning from our mistakes?

An interesting bit of history that for the most part failed to enter the debate over the ordinance is that San Francisco enacted a similar ban on sitting and lying  in public spaces in the late 1960’s (PDF).Read more »