Today at 2 p.m., State Representative Brian Sims will host an event in Love Park for the two victims of the September 11th gay-bashing in Center City, and to call for hate crime laws that would protect LGBT people in Pennsylvania.
UPDATe 9/25: Due to today’s rainy weather, the event has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 2nd, at the same time and place. If you’ve already RSVP’d, no need RSVP again.
Consider your Thursday workout plans covered, yogis: Thursday evening, Pop Up Yoga Philly is teaming up with Healthing You and Living Beyond Breast Cancer for an hourlong power yoga class at LOVE Park. Bonus: There will be free smoothie samples galore, you guys.
Dilworth Park is almost finished. But if you want to help shape the future of a major Center City park, it’s not too late.
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Police have taken into custody a 17-year-old, who is expected to be charged as a juvenile, and 19-year-old Curtis Tanner. Both suspects are from Pottstown.
[Update 2:20 pm] The AP reports that one of three suspects has been arrested.
Additionally, 6ABC interviewed a 19-year-old man, “Curtis,” who admitted being part of the attack.
“If I had the chance, I would apologize to that guy. I lost my cool,” said Curtis.
Why didn’t he walk away?
“I don’t know, I was just in the heat of the moment,” said Curtis.
[Update 9 am] Police have released their own version of the video — the victim’s face is blurred out — and a description of the suspects:
The police description:
Central Detective Division is looking to identify and locate the suspects who assaulted a Park Ranger in Logan Circle.
On August 15, 2014, 5:25 pm, the complainant, a Philadelphia Park Ranger, observed 6-8 skateboarders inside Love Park located at 1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard and advised them they could not skateboard in the park. When suspect #1 refused to leave he raised his hands in a fighting stance. Suspect #2 who had a camera was videoing suspect #1 while suspect #3 was taunting for a fight. Suspect #1 then punched the complainant in the face and wrestled him to the ground where he began kicking, stomping and spiting on the Park Ranger. After assaulting the Park Ranger the suspects fled the area in an unknown direction.
Suspect #1: Black male, 19 years-of-age, 5’10″, dark complected, short braids, wearing a gray t-shirt with red lettering on the front.
Suspect #2: Asian male, 19-20 years-of-age, wearing a black t-shirt, and black pants,
Suspect #3: White male, 19 years-of-age, brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a black t-shirt with a white design on the front.
If you see these suspects do not approach them, contact 911 immediately.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.
If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact:
Central Detective Division
Det. Wiegert #9034
[Original] This is horrific:
On Saturday afternoon, Juilliard theater student Lee Edward Colston and Carver High School of Engineering and Science graduate Keith Wallace, among others, staged a silent Ferguson protest at iconic LOVE Park in Philadelphia, a popular destination with tourists for photo opportunities. And with Wallace — an MFA acting student at the University of California who is home on summer break — lying on the ground portraying Michael Brown, the unarmed teen shot dead by Ferguson police, the tourists continued snapping their smiley photos. Read more »
After months of discussion, an accord has finally been reached for how to refurbish of JFK Plaza. According to the Inquirer’s Troy Graham, Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke signed a document “that outlines their ‘shared vision’” for the park. Compromise from both parties is evident in the new plan, which includes information about what would be retained, what would be added, and how it would all be funded.
To avoid dipping into the city’s reserves, the renovation project would funded by the sale of the garage beneath the plaza, and Liberty Property Trust would offer free planning and design services.
NewsWorks reports that Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke have reached agreement over the future of Love Park—a joint vision that involves creating new green space while offering urban amenities like restaurants. “I want to say how excited I am about the prospects of having a well-balanced approach to redoing this park and bring some level of vibrancy to this park,” Clarke said. “No longer will people be talking about Bryant Park in New York and in London, they are going to be talking about Love Park in the city of Philadelphia.”
Today the Daily News’ Jenny DeHuff takes up the question of Darrell Clarke’s … intriguing plans for LOVE Park. As Property author Sandy Smith noted when Clarke first proposed putting restaurants in the park to generate revenue, “We should take Clarke’s proposed design as the start of a path to a new and livelier LOVE Park, not as its final form…it could stand some refinement.
DeHuff notes that Smith isn’t alone in that assessment:
“Critics of the proposal agree that revenue-generating is necessary for the city to pay its bills, but not by way of building up what’s intended to be open space, something already lacking in Center City.”
Indeed, a park-land ordinance from 2011 requires that developers who build on existing open space replace it with equivalent open space elsewhere. (This ordinance is what stymied Temple University’s boathouse proposal, now a moot point anyway.) In this case, any new commercial developments at LOVE Park would have to undergo state and federal review.