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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy SF: City Wants to Move Camp to Former School Site in the Mission

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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Occupy San Francisco is one of the few remaining occupy camps in the nation that hasn't -- and apparently won't -- experience a full-scale police raid. Rather the city is taking a more diplomatic approach, one that tries to preserve the camp, but in a place far from the heart of the city's Financial District. According to this morning's Chron, city officials are working with protesters to relocate the camp to the more colorful Mission District, on the site of a former high school.

As Matier & Ross report, the Phoenix Continuation High School is nothing more than a parking lot "ringed by portable classrooms" contained behind a fence -- just might be the perfect spot for a leaderless group of protesters.

The city's public works director toured the site with a group of protesters to see if the spot would be an adequate and perhaps more appropriate place for the compound, which has been camped out on Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero for nearly six weeks.

Now, all they need is the school district's buy-in.

At the old high school site, protesters could pitch tents and have access to toilets (which they would still have to clean?). They would also be able to use a classroom for their general meetings. It's worth mentioning that most organizations would have to rent that space.

Occupiers have not agreed to this move yet, but city officials are hopeful.

"There seems to be a feeling within the movement that they are at a crossroads," Nuru tells the Chron. "and that the large number of homeless and drug users that come into the camp are getting too hard to handle and are detracting from their message."

Of course, being plucked from the heart of the city's Financial District might also detract from the group's anti-big bank message.

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