The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is a nonprofit program working to promote a dynamic downtown business district. Among other efforts, the alliance fields a cadre of yellow-shirted ambassadors who clean streets and sidewalks of trash and graffiti.
So far, so good until just recently when the alliance decided to add social engineering to its list of voluntary obligations. With city approval, the alliance has installed about a dozen yellow painted parking meters downtown. The meters are just like all others except the money deposited in them will be donated to homeless programs in an effort to control panhandling. The money would be spent to provide homeless people with social security numbers and other forms of identification so they might find work.