Richardson Dilworth was a graduate of Yale, Marine veteran of World War I and World War II, and not so bad for a Democrat. He was Philadelphia's 117th mayor and they named a plaza adjacent to City Hall after him. The city remade the plaza into a park complete with fountains, which become an ice rink in winter. But the big question among the Perpetually Victimized was how would it handle protests?
The answer came Thursday. I'd say it handled things quite well. Protesters may see things differently.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Although the park sprawls across nearly three acres, hundreds of demonstrators were boxed into a small corner by the spray fountain, which covers much of its northern half. Because the jets weren't shut off until after 5:30 p.m., more than an hour after the protest started, the fountain effectively served as a form of crowd control. The participants were squeezed into the area between the cafe and the glass headhouses."
(Cue the sad trombone slide.)
Great plan. Oh and the management of the park is private. The mayor does not get to control the off-switch for the fountains.