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The Bobster
09-04-2017, 07:14 AM

Anti-Rizzo Banner Hung Over i-676
By Sara Smith and Nancy Adams
Published 2 hours ago

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A sign of the continued anger over late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo appeared loud and clear overnight.

A banner was hung on the 10th street overpass on I-676 in Center City for all to see.

The banner used profanity and a picture of a pig with Frank Rizzo's name on it.

It comes as the debate continues over what to do wth the former mayor's statue in Center City. The statue and a mural of the former mayor were vandalized last month amid controversy over monuments and statues honoring confederate leaders which also spurred protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that turned deadly.

Driven by Philadelphia Councilgook Helen Gym, there is growing support for removing tributes to Rizzo, who died of a heart attack in 1991. Some call the statue and mural reminders of Rizzo's strained history with the African-American and gay communities during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Rizzo, a hard-charging, big-mouthed icon of head-cracking law enforcement in Philadelphia, served as police commissioner for four years before serving two terms as the city’s mayor from 1972 to 1980. His friends, family and fans remember him as a devoted public servant unafraid to speak his mind. Thousands of people signed a recent online petition to keep the statue in place.

Rizzo's detractors saw his police force as corrupt and brutal.

The city's art commission will decide what to do with the Rizzo statue.

The Bobster
09-06-2017, 09:25 AM

After Second Bout Of Vandalism Frank Rizzo’s Mural Could Be In Jeopardy
September 5, 2017 10:02 PM By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The future of the Italian Market mural of former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo is in jeopardy as the most recent bouts of vandalism has made upkeep extremely expensive.

“The mural is getting fixed a we speak,” said Jane Golden executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

She says this fix is the second time in three months that vandals defaced the Rizzo mural at 9th and Montrose.

The first time was in May the second time was last month when vandals sprayed white paint on the picture of Rizzos face; and wrote the words “Kill, killer cops.”

Fixing it costs big dough, making the mural not only one of the most vandalized, but also one the most expensive to keep up.

“It’s thousands of dollars, which is why we have to have a conversation with the community about the future of this mural,” she said.

Golden says Mural Arts has already reached out to leaders in the Italian Market and Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia.

“This particular mural is beloved by some and not by others,” she said.

Golden says the conversations on the murals future will take place this fall.