In the wake of the racial tensions and violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August, Philadelphia found itself in the midst of a firestorm over one of the city's most recognizable monuments.
The Frank Rizzo statue, which stands across from City Hall, has drawn criticism and praise since its installation in 1998, but this summer, Councilwoman Helen Gym tweeted her disdain for the statue and suggested it be removed. The tweet ignited a weeks-long public debate about whether the monument should stand. Rizzo, who was mayor and police commissioner of Philadelphia, was known for tough tactics aimed at African Americans and other minority groups. In a poll of more than one thousand Philly.com readers, 35.5 percent voted to demote, recontextualize, or dispose of the statue entirely.
In response to the outcry, the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy issued a request for suggestions for the statue's future. As of Friday, 2,700 ideas had been submitted. The city will review the suggestions and come up with a proposal on the statue's fate that it will submit to the Art Commission. You can submit ideas until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Click here to submit an idea.
The Mayor's Office shared some of the ideas it has received. Answers have been lightly edited for length and clarity.