A city official says Occupy Philadelphia appears to be shrinking, but that the rest of the protesters need to leave so a long-planned renovation of a City Hall plaza can begin.
Managing Director Richard Negrin said Tuesday the city wants to avoid a confrontation with protesters, who have been camped outside City Hall since early October as part of a protest over economic inequality and corporate influence on government.
Negrin says the city is talking daily with the contractor and police about when construction can start at the site. He says fewer than 100 tents remain.
A Sunday deadline has passed, but Negrin says the city is trying to give protesters as much time as possible to leave. The remaining protesters said Monday they were elated they hadn't been removed.