PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Nutter administration is continuing negotiations with the “Occupy Philadelphia” protesters encamped near City Hall, trying to convince them to move before a renovation of Dilworth Plaza begins.
Mayor Nutter himself met privately Sunday with a group of the protesters about the current conditions at the encampment and about the need to relocate later this month when the plaza makeover begins.
“They have been open, they have been respectful, they have been responsive, and I want to keep that kind of engagement going between the city government and Occupy Philly,” the mayor told KYW Newsradio this morning.
But it is clear that Nutter has no firm guarantee that the protesters will voluntarily move before the renovation work starts.
More immediately, city officials need tents moved for two smaller projects: the removal of some scaffolding from the City Hall tower, and the repairs of a sixth-floor window. Again, there are apparently no guarantees from Occupy Philly that they’ll cooperate with those requests either.
Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn