Baltimore City’s Squeegee Collaborative Creates No-Squeegee Zones, Enforcement Protocol, and Proposes Transitional Employment In Recent Plans

Squeegee workers wait for business on a Baltimore street corner. Screenshot via @thepealebaltimore on Instagram.

What’s happening?

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and members of the city’s Squeegee Collaborative released a 27-page plan on Thursday detailing new regulations for the city’s 186 identified squeegee workers, including the creation of no-squeegee zones in several high-traffic areas, Emily Opilo and Lee O. Sanderlin report for the Baltimore Sun. Scott assembled the collaborative—comprised of business and nonprofit leaders, city officials, and squeegee workers—in July following the fatal shooting of a motorist by a squeegee worker now charged with murder, though his attorneys say he acted in self-defense.

What areas are now off limits to squeegee workers and how will those be enforced?

The zones include six street corners where squeegee workers have been the most active, including the intersection of Light and Conway Street where the shooting occurred this summer. The other zones are President Street, the southern end of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the intersection of Sinclair Lane and Moravia Road, the intersection of Northern Parkway and Wabash Avenue, and the area around Mount Royal Avenue and North Avenue near the Interstate 83 junction.

To enforce these zones, the plan requires Baltimore Police to issue two warnings to squeegee workers operating in the areas before issuing citations. Drivers who engage with squeegee workers and cause disruptions to traffic can also be cited, as can other panhandlers who are not offering squeegee services. The city plans to begin issuing citations on January 10, following a period of public education, though the department has not yet determined how much the citations will cost. 

Anything else I should know? 

In addition to the no-squeegee zones, the city also plans to launch a guaranteed income program for squeegee workers who will likely lose revenue without the use of these areas, offering $250 per month to up to 100 youths if funding is secured with an upcoming grant application. Squeegee workers who are of the age of legal employment can also participate in the city’s Hire Up program to find other work opportunities.  

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