One City's Newsrack Ordinance Drives All Papers Off the Street

march 15, 2007  12:03 pm
Chalk this one up to poor planning: The law that went into effect last month in San Leandro, Calif., requiring freestanding newsracks to be replaced by multi-paper boxes is not unusual. Similar laws have popped up in cities across the country. But as the East Bay Express reports, the new boxes the city chose came with a prohibitively high price tag of more than $600 per distribution slot, which kept everyone but the big dailies from ponying up. There wasn't even enough demand to fill one six-publication rack, so most of downtown San Leandro is now paperless.