Occupy Philly at a turning point

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Things are coming to a head at OccupyPhilly’s encampment at Dilworth Plaza next to Philadelphia City Hall. On Wednesday, the Center City District awarded a construction contract to Daniel J. Keating Co. for the highly anticipated $50 million makeover of the now-concrete public space. That prompted the city to give the protesters official notice that needed to leave Dilworth Plaza immediately. On Friday, the Occupiers had voted to remain where they have been for two months instead of across the street, to the plaza next to the Municipal Services Building. On today’s Radio Times, we’re getting an update from WHYY reporter ELIZABETH FIEDLER, who’s down at Dilworth Plaza and has been covering the protests since they began. Lizz will help us connect with some people participating in the protest. We’ll also hear from Philadelphia Managing Director RICHARD NEGRIN. And we’ll call out to PATRICK GILLESPIE, business manager for the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, the union representing the approximately 800 construction workers who are eager to work on the Dilworth Plaza renovation.

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