PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Nutter administration will extend an earlier curfew in targeted areas for another two weeks, declaring the tool has been effective in preventing violent incidents. The city will also extend special programming for the city’s youth.

Mayor Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald says the earlier curfew, coupled with more organized activities for teenagers, has received broad support from both the business community and parents.

“We’ve heard extensively from both segments. Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison has spoken at a number of community meetings and gotten very positive feedback for the balanced approach that we took,” says McDonald.

McDonald says increased enforcement of the earlier curfew will also continue. As for a weekend protest that the curfew targeted African Americans, McDonald says Philadelphia has had a curfew since 1955 and the earlier curfew applied to all youth in the targeted areas of center city and University City.

Reported By Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio