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(1) Except when approved as part of an authorized activity, the following acts are prohibited in the public pedestrian areas within the downtown activity zone:

(a) Interfering with an authorized activity.

(b) Impeding access to any public pedestrian area or to any public or private building adjacent to the public pedestrian area.

(c) Engaging in a commercial pursuit, except for personal solicitation and street entertainment.

(d) Placing a display.

(e) Placing a newspaper dispenser:

1. Within ten feet of a street corner;

2. Within one foot of a street curb;

3. Within one foot of, or connected or affixed by any means to, a sidewalk fixture, such as a light pole, bicycle rack, planter, bench or art work;

4. Except with the permission of the person in charge of the building, between the central traveled portion of the adjacent sidewalk and any window abutting a public pedestrian area; or

5. Within the central traveled portion of the sidewalk or in any other location likely to impede pedestrian traffic.

(f) Setting up or operating a public address system or other amplified sound equipment.

(2) In addition to the acts prohibited in subsection (1) of this section, except when approved as part of an authorized activity, the following acts are prohibited in the public pedestrian areas in the downtown core:

(a) Climbing any tree.

(b) Except for stairways, climbing any structure that is more than six feet in height on any side.

(c) Climbing any structure in such a manner as to create a danger of personal injury or property damage.

(d) Leaving a dog or other animal unattended, whether leashed or unleashed.

(e) Creating or continuing a noise disturbance.

(f) Entering into a landscaped planting area or acting in a manner harmful to any plant life, including walking, lying or sitting in a landscaped planting area. A “landscaped planting area” is any public area set aside for planting of trees, shrubs, flowers or other vegetation, except grass.

(g) Setting up any temporary structures or enclosures, including but not limited to canopies, tents or tables, or restricting access to any portion of the public pedestrian area so that other persons may not freely enter such area.

(h) Picking or cutting flowers or other vegetation from landscaped planting areas.

(i) Allowing a child who is in one’s charge and is under 12 years old to violate any provision of this section or of section 3.344.

(Section 4.872 added by Ordinance No. 16614, enacted September 11, 1972; amended by Ordinance No. 19354, enacted September 18, 1985; Ordinance No. 19605, enacted February 27, 1989; Ordinance No. 19841, enacted April 15, 1992, effective May 19, 1992; administratively amended by Ordinance No. 19914, enacted April 28, 1993, effective May 28, 1993; amended by Ordinance No. 19969, enacted July 21, 1994; Ordinance No. 20196, enacted May 8, 2000, effective June 8, 2000; Ordinance No. 20303, enacted November 24, 2003, effective December 24, 2003; Ordinance No. 20322, enacted May 25, 2004, effective June 24, 2004; and administratively amended September 9, 2004.)