The Occupy Philadelphia encampment is scheduled to become a construction zone next week. Protesters have voted in their general assembly to not relocate. Where do you think they should be?
When Occupy Philly took up residence outside of City Hall, it was well known that the site was scheduled to become a construction zone in mid-November. That time is nearing, and Thomas Paine Plaza across JFK Boulevard has been floated as an alternative Occupy location, but it is not certain that protesters will voluntarily relocate.
In discussing a vote on the matter, protest spokesperson Chris Goldstein said that the General Assembly “would not order people to stay at Dilworth Plaza or order people to move across to Municipal Services Plaza.” Instead a more popular idea seems to be that protesters would simply expand into both spaces.
Meanwhile a committee of Occupy Philly has started an independent blog called Reasonable Solutions to outline why they support relocation. Among their reasons: The plaza redesign will create a common space, it is a green initiative, and its constrution project will create jobs for people who by all accounts are part of the 99% the movement exists to protect.