Mayor to review proposal from Occupy Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) says he will review a proposal calling on the city to open a homeless day shelter in exchange for the end of a 24-hour encampment by protesters at a downtown park.
Taveras said Thursday he believes the city can address the needs of the homeless highlighted by Occupy Providence protesters.
The group narrowly approved a proposal on Wednesday to dismantle its tent city as soon as a day shelter is opened.
Taveras says he has not yet received a copy of the group's offer.
He says the activists do not have a constitutional right to occupy the park indefinitely. He says he's hopeful the encampment will come to a positive end that will set the city apart nationally. Many encampment have been forcefully broken up.