Washington, DC

“Dear PoP,

In response to last week’s post about newspaper boxes, I found a partial answer. I took these photos of boxes at 18th and H NW. Looks like these boxes are regulated by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. Even assuming that all BIDs regulated boxes, that would still leave a lot of boxes that sit outside of BIDs unregulated. From the sign, it looks like the BID asks publishers to sign on to a voluntary agreement regarding maintenance of the boxes. I’m not knowledgeable about first amendment issues, but I believe that since BIDs aren’t government entities (or probably even quasi-governmental), they wouldn’t be subject to first amendment restrictions. And even if they were, the agreement being voluntary might get around that.”

Cool, thanks for following up!


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