2011-11-17 / Local & State

Mayor: Conditions Deteriorating At Occupy Philly

By Ron Todt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Mayor Michael Nutter says deteriorating conditions at the month- old Occupy Philadelphia protest and a lack of cooperation on the part of the demonstrators will mean a greater police presence at the tent city outside City Hall.

The mayor said the Occupy Philadelphia movement “has changed” and the city's response must change. But he stopped short of saying that the protesters would be evicted or forced to relocate.

Nutter told reporters Sunday that there are “serious health and safety issues” almost daily at the encampment, including assaults, fire danger from structures, stoves and candles, and defecation and urination despite the presence of portable toilets.

The mayor said two maintenance projects at the site must proceed, as well as a long-planned $50 million renovation project that would provide more than 1,000 jobs.

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