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Philadelphia Weekend Curfew Remains
 
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 09/11/11 5:24 pm | updated: 09/11/11 5:24 pm
 
According to Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia's weekend curfew imposed on Center City and University City remains in effect until the curfew law can be rewritten.

He said there had been no more attacks attributed to so-called flash-mob violence since the curfew was enacted.

Nutter had 20 of the city's largest rec centers extend their hours to 10 p.m. on weekends.

Based on usage in August, Nutter said, eight of those centers would continue to keep their later hours.

As part of the broader strategy, Mayor Nutter pledged to rewrite the city's curfew law, drafted in 1955.

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After youths were arrested in a series of random beatings, Nutter announced in August that unaccompanied minors would have to vacate those neighborhoods - the social and economic heart of the city - by 9 on Friday and Saturday nights.

A month ago, Nutter promised to revisit the curfew in the fall, possibly after school started.

But he also said he was extending the weekend curfew because "it is important for our city's students to remain safe, study hard, and to adjust to their new schedules."

The weekday curfew - 10:30 p.m. for 13- to 17-year-olds and 9 p.m. for children younger than 13 - remains unchanged.

Large contingents of police officers on foot, bike, and horseback have been weekend fixtures in Center City and University City since attacks in July, including one in which an 11-year-old boy was among the youths arrested for assaulting a pedestrian.

He also pledged to seek a "holistic" approach to the problem, which included more positive outlets for the city's minors.

Everett Gillison, the deputy mayor for public safety, and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown both are examining options, but no proposals have been drafted.

It is unclear whether the curfew law will be amended or a new law will replace it.
"We hope we can have a meeting of the minds with Council," Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said Friday.

Either way, Brown said this week, the problems that created flash mobs must be comprehensively addressed - and the curfew isn't the only answer.

"We're not going to find a silver bullet to arrest this flash-mob thing," she said.
 
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