August 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - News racks on the Las Vegas Strip could soon be a thing of the past.
Clark County commissioners are expected to discuss a ban on the containers at their meeting Tuesday.
Ban proponents say the racks, which contain everything from newspapers to racy catalogs for escort services, are cluttering Strip sidewalks and hampering pedestrian traffic.
Opponents, including the American Civil Liberties Union, describe the plan as violation of free speech.
The measure is the latest attempt to clean up the tourist corridor. Commissioners have already put new restrictions on unlicensed vendors and handbillers, who are often seen passing out ads for adult services.
At least $3.1 million in improvements are planned to improve Strip walkability. Those include moving fire hydrants and road signs out of pedestrians' ways.
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