Downtown panhandling solutions run the gamut for Chattanooga

photo John Rawlston poses for a photo-illustration on panhandling outside of the Chattanooga Times Free Press building on Thursday.

BEGGING BANIn Chattanooga, panhandling is specifically forbidden at:Walnut Street BridgeMiller Park and PlazaTennessee Aquarium blockPark at Ross's LandingTennessee RiverparkCreative Discovery Museum and IMAX Theater blocksChattanooga African-American museum blockJack's Alley (2007 addendum)Main Street, between Broad Street and Central Avenue (2007 addendum)Also included: rights-of-way, sidewalks, prohibited zones, bus stops, sidewalk cafes, areas within 25 feet of ATMs/banks, public and private schools, and anywhere after sunset or before sunrise.Source: 2002 City of Chattanooga Panhandling Ordinance (Section 25-45)

While panhandling is a daily problem for Chattanooga's downtown merchants, workers and visitors, other cities have found ways to deal with the issue.