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Iowa City eyes old parking meters to help needy

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IOWA CITY (AP) -- Iowa City may install old parking meters in downtown to encourage donations to the needy and discourage panhandling.

The City Council talked about the proposal during a workshop on Monday. Donations in the specially marked meters would go to groups that help the disadvantaged, such as Shelter House or the Free Lunch program.

Jeff Davidson, the city's planning and community development director, says a similar program in Denver raises $15,000 a year from donations and $85,000 from sponsorships of individual meters.

Davidson says Iowa City could start six to 10 meters.

The city staff will get to work on the idea.

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