My Daily Xtra colleague Andrew Shopland recently shared some musings about the future of that public space that I found thought provoking. Park Board staff are trying to head them off before they trample the rhodos, and are finally getting down to the job they should have been attending to in the first place — taking out the trash. He starts out with a concern, which I share, as to whether the Plaza will, like other public spaces in our city, be officially closed to the public at 10pm. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis airport for allegedly looking to engage in gay sex wrote in his June report that he "recognized a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. If a case like this went to trial, police officers would have to produce evidence to say here is how we can say with certainty this is was really a lewd act," he said. I was back the following weekend. So these worthy citizens are banding together to take to the park to clean it up. They are deeply, deeply closeted. The public has a right to enter public areas without worrying about inadvertently seeing lewd acts, Gregson said. Griffith said that officers involved in such stings tend to be young and that anecdotal posts on his site indicate the local arrest rates increase around the time of elections or when media attention focuses on the issue. And that, of course, can translate to sweeping out the homeless, the happy campers and the cocksuckers all with one big broom. For Jim Deva Plaza, while dedicated to the memory of a champion our community, will be a space for the entire neighbourhood.