A Meter You Won't Mind Feeding- Nashville, TN

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  1. MLW20
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    While walking around Nashville, Kim and I noticed something that seemed a bit odd.
    There were parking meters randomly placed on sidewalks around the downtown area. We know that parking meters are usually placed on sidewalks, however these meters were very far from the curb. They definitely weren't placed on the sidewalks for people to park and pay at.
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    After seeing these meters a bunch of times, we wondered why they were there.
    Kim and I decided to take a closer look at one of them.
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    Once we stopped to take a look at one of these blue meters, we were impressed by their purpose.
    There was a good amount of information on the meter. The first thing we read was on the upper, semi-circular area. It said "Help Us End Homelessness".
    It seems like the city of Nashville really did a great job and were extremely creative with the re-purposing of these meters.
    There were also a couple of stickers with a graphic/ logo of a fist holding a key with the words The Key Alliance. We weren't sure what The Key Alliance was but luckily there was more information to read so we could find out.
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    Inside the meter I learned that:
    Donations benefit the outreach program of The Key Alliance. This program links homeless individuals to Housing First, which provides permanent housing and case management to the most vulnerable members of our community.
    Although the meters seemed to be out of place when we first spotted them, they totally made sense now. We loved the idea of using these meters for good and to help others.
    Good job Nashville for finding a creative way to raise money for people in need!
     
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    That's a great idea.
     
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    Orlando has a couple of these as well.
     
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    I believe we have something similar here in Asheville but it is more of a drop box type thing. The meter looks more fun. It's a great idea as, unfortunately, giving money to some panhandlers will be misused.
     
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    Homeless meters have been around for several years. The earliest ones I saw were in Denver in 2008, and their page (denversroadhome) says that they were installed in 2007. There are other reports from about that time, so I don't know which city was "first". They've even reached small towns like Athens, Georgia, where I live.
     
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    Seattle has had one of these on University Way for at least a decade. I'm not sure how much use it gets since few people carry coins, but it's similar to the ones I've seen for the World Wildlife Foundation at the SF Zoo since I was a toddler.

    The money at Seattle goes to a local shelter called ROOTS, specifically targeted toward homeless youth. While a noble cause, it's ironic as this demographic is my least favorite, usually showing up in packs each summer with unleashed dogs and aggressive panhandling.
     

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