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Downtown Miami's homeless population is on track to lose many of the rights won in the landmark federal Pottinger Agreement. Miami commissioners voted unanimously to sign a new agreement with the ACLU that would give police the go-ahead to arrest homeless people for what have for nearly two decades been treated as life-sustaining activities, such as building cooking fires in parks and makeshift tents to sleep in. The move is related to the city's ambitious downtown pedestrianization project, which aims for more walking and less sleeping on downtown Miami streets. [Miami Herald; Previously]