Success! The Rittenhouse Square wall-sitting ban is over

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Rittenhouse wall
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The Rittenhouse Square wall-sitting ban is over.

According to the Mayor’s Office, the “no sitting on wall” signs came down this morning. The end of the ban comes three days after Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted disapproval of the decision made by Friends of Rittenhouse, the private, city-affiliated group that runs the park, and the Parks and Recreation Department.

The ban went into effect last week, with Friends of Rittenhouse saying the decision was “due to continuous vandalism and marijuana smoking.” The Parks and Recreation Department said the historical wall had experienced a recent uptick in vandalism.

Representatives with Friends of Rittenhouse did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The decision had not been popular. Kenney wasn’t the only one to speak against it. Sittenhouse, a sit-on-the-wall protest, had been planned for this afternoon and another protest in which visitors are encouraged to smoke weed had been planned for Friday.

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