Photos of Philly sidewalks blocked by things that are not ICE protests | Opinion

On Thursday, police officers bike-dozed the camp where Occupy ICE supporters — determined to abolish ICE, shutdown the Berks family detention center, and end the criminal justice data sharing between the city and ICE. — had gathered in recent days.

>> READ MORE: Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE | Will Bunch

In a statement later that day a spokesperson for Jim Kenney said that even though the mayor agrees with the protesters, he can’t make exceptions, “Protesters have been notified repeatedly that the are free to remain and protest at the premises, as long as they do not block the building egress.”

Hold up. Kenney shut down a protest that he agrees with because of blocked sidewalks?!

When Kenney campaigned for mayor, he said that making sure that sidewalks aren’t blocked “may be the first thing I tackle when I get [to the mayor’s office]” and acknowledged that in other cities “construction’s happening all over but you never leave the sidewalk.”

>> READ MORE: Changing Skyline: Kenney crusade to keep sidewalks open continues on Facebook

Indeed blocked sidewalks are not a new problem. Heck, there is a whole Twitter account dedicated to the issue!

On Friday morning, the protest moved from outside the ICE office to the east side of City Hall and the future of the Occupy ICE encampment is unknown. As protesting continues, we’ve rounded up some photos of the parked cars, construction fences, and other obstacles that block sidewalks around Philadelphia today.

Center City

Camera icon Travis Southard via Twitter
Blocked sidewalk at 18th and Lombard streets.
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Blocked sidewalks at 23rd and Cherry streets forces people into the streets.
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Blocked sidewalks at 10th and Market streets.


Camera icon ABRAHAM GUTMAN / Staff
Blocked sidewalks at 12th and Market streets.


Camera icon ABRAHAM GUTMAN / Staff
Blocked sidewalks at 12th and Market streets.


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The corner of 1400 E. Wilt Street and Memphis Street in Fishtown, where the crosswalks have been blocked for weeks by fencing around St. Laurentius Church and a stalled construction project.

Old City

Camera icon Oona Goodin-Smith / Staff
A portion of sidewalk on Arch Street between 4th and 5th Streets in Old City is blocked off by traffic cones and caution tape.
Camera icon Moira B. via Twitter
Blocked sidewalk and 3rd and Market streets.


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The sidewalk at 24th Street and Fairmount Avenue has been blocked for nearly a year.


Camera icon DENA DRISCOLL via Twitter
Blocked sidewalk at Hamilton and Callowhill streets.

North Philly

Camera icon Mabel Rosenheck via Twitter
Blocked sidewalks at 17th and Montgomery streets.

Graduate Hospital

Camera icon Jill Scott via Twitter
Blocked sidewalks at 16th and Webster streets.

South Philly

Camera icon ERIC HORVATH
Blocked sidewalk on 5th and Snyder streets.