Over the past several weeks, the debate about squeegeeing has reached a fever pitch. Some have called for mass arrests of squeegee kids. Others, such as Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, are trying to help them find better jobs. Much of this conversation misses the larger picture. Squeegeeing on its own is harmless: Even if you don’t give them a cent, if you are polite, almost all the squeegee kids will treat you with respect. In a city rife with extreme poverty, squeegeeing is a decent way to earn.
Want to solve Baltimore’s squeegee problems? Legalize and regulate it.
July 22, 2022