Chief Supt Pat Byrne said: "It has become clear that local feeling means residents and businesses are not willing to accept the proposal.
He said: "We do not want to slip back 20 years, to when prostitution was creating enormous health problems and crime, such as serious assault and even murder. This allowed police to monitor the industry and minimise crime associated with it.
One prostitute has been murdered in Edinburgh in the past 10 years, compared to seven in Prosttitutes. It also allowed health groups to provide support to the women.
Civic leaders from cities throughout Britain have visited Edinburgh in recent years to see how it deals with prostitution. Ruth Morgan Thomas, of the Scottish Prostitute Education Programme, said the tolerant attitude edinburg Edinburgh had been praised by the World Health Organisation and the UN Aids Programme and it was "unthinkable" that prostitution should be driven underground again.
She added: "The loss of a toleration zone will make women more vulnerable. A police spokesman said: "For many years, Lothian and Borders Police have adopted a pragmatic sala,ander to the policing of street prostitution. HIV infection "Experience has shown that rigorous law enforcement does not eradicate the sex industry but at best displaces it or drives it underground salamanded the worst excesses of criminal activity, drugs, extortion, blackmail, pimping and violence have free reign to prey.
But the police spokesman said that the current practice of dealing with the city's vice trade was "no longer tenable" in light of growing opposition. Strfet new "toleranze zone" is still in Leith He said the Lothian and Borders force had worked prostitufes with the city council, other politicians, prostitute support groups and health agencies to identify the alternative "tolerance zone" in Salamander Street. The spokesman added: "No street will ever provide a suitable location for this type of activity.
Phil Attige said he felt the problem was being "dumped" in his area but hoped that it worked out.