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High Above Dilworth Plaza, Ceremonial ‘Groundbreaking’ Held For Plaza’s Makeover

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two months after “Occupy Philadelphia” protesters were evicted from Dilworth Plaza, on the west side of City Hall, city officials gathered for the long-awaited groundbreaking of the plaza’s renovation.

The ceremonial groundbreaking was held indoors, in an office building that overlooks Dilworth Plaza, with US transportation secretary Ray LaHood delivering a key component: a $15-million stimulus grant.  That’s almost one third of the total $50-million price tag.

“We need to shine a big light on what we’re doing here, all across America,” LaHood said.  “If we do, we’ll put Americans to work.”

Mayor Nutter was pleased to accept the money and even slipped in a reference about the protesters who once occupied the plaza.

“What is most exciting for me is that more than 900 workers are going to occupy Dilworth Plaza very, very soon,” the mayor quipped.

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(Surrounded by US Reps. Chaka Fattah, left, and Allyson Schwartz, second from right, and US transportation secretary Ray LaHood, far right, Mayor Nutter signs a commemorative tile that will be placed on Dilworth Plaza after the renovation is completed. Credit: Mike Dunn))


The new plaza will include a lawn with trees and benches, a skating rink and café with views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (see related story).  Underground, the SEPTA concourse will be remade to be less like a maze.

The project is scheduled to be completed in two years.

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  • Mama

    Very glad to see this. Put the city to work and improve it in any way possible. Tourist dollars are important to the city and this will just help to generate more. The ice rink will be used by plenty of people who will be able to walk there from nearby hotels and neighborhoods or use septa. The whole area will be safer because of increased foot traffic. Wonderful idea.

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    • Ted Pikul

      And giving people jobs certainly won’t help that, will it? Thanks for playing!

      • MS

        Balance the budget first. Fix the parts of the city that needs the work. Reform the system that is currently not working. Why would anyone want to stay in Philadelphia with the city wage tax and property taxes (And still they are talking about more tax hikes?) the way they are and the schools are 60 million plus under water and then the city turns around and put 35 million into an Ice skating rink??? No one will want to go ice skating there with the parking at 30 dollars in that area and the crime seems to be increasing also in that area. Make the streets safer. Hire more police. That will create jobs.

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  • MS

    WOW! The city is broke and crime is out of control. So the city puts 35 million into Dilworth Plaza. Let’s give city council, police commissioner, and the mayor a raise.

  • Wiliam T. Shabazz

    Mr. Adam Hill,
    Please refrain from your hateful (rascists) statements about the Mayor. Brother Nutter is creating jobs and he should be praised, not vilified! SHAME ON YOU!!!

    • Adam Hill

      Racist statements? I called him a fascist, how is that racist? Sounds like someone needs to invest in a dictionary! And Nutter is creating jobs for people in New Jersey with Philadelphians tax money, wake up

  • Adam Hill

    Yea, NEW JERSEY union workers, and only for construction. Then it will employ a whopping 30 people after completion? Also, this public land is now leased to a private company, CCD, for 30 years for $1!!!!! ONE F*CKING DOLLAR!!! Way to help your city Nutter!!! Fascist pig

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