Police were also out in full force as there were officers on nearly every corner. Their goal was to stop any potential altercation before it started.
District Attorney Seth Williams also joined Mayor Nutter, along with several city council members. The city is not only concerned about the destructive nature of the mobs but also that they may discourage tourists from visiting Philadelphia.
“If you want to come out and have a good time, you should do that, whether you're a teenager or think of yourself as a teenager,” said Mayor Nutter at a press conference.
Flash mobs have given Philadelphia national media attention as at least four mobs have hit Philadelphia in the past year, three of which have been on South Street.
The latest of which, coming a week prior to Mayor Nutter’s walk on South Street, has prompted police to seriously increase their efforts to control the outbreaks of potential flash mobs. They are also working to monitor social media sites as another way to prevent any potential flash mobs before they happen.
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Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi, Group 39, Spot News