Petition: Make Salvation Army Collapse Site a Memorial

Here’s a petition at

A memorial park on the site of the collapsed Salvation Army store would honor and remember the six dead and provide an oasis in the center of a dense business district. The memorial park would be a fitting way to acknowledge the disaster, to assure that it will never be forgotten and to remind the citizens of Philadelphia of the need for government oversight in building demolitions in order to protect public safety and human lives. A well designed park and memorial may provide healing for the many people touched by this horrific, entirely avoidable event.

The dead are Anne Bryan, 24; Mary Simpson, 24; Kimberly Finnegan, 35; Roseline Conteh, 52; Borbor Davis, 68 and Juanita Harmon, 75. Mariya Plekan, 52, is severely injured, she remains in hospital.

Nancy Winkler, the petition organizer, says more than 1,000 signatures have been collected in less than a week.