Occupy Pittsburgh march to shut down city streets

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Police plan to close several streets between 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. while restricting parking beginning at 7 a.m. on 27 more for the planned two-mile Occupy Pittsburgh march tomorrow from the Hill District to Market Square as protesters decry what they call corporate influence and excesses.

The closures do not include a planned protest and camp in Mellon Green, a small park owned by BNY Mellon, beginning at 4 p.m. Occupy Pittsburgh is the local offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, a group that for the past month has taken up residence in New York City's Zuccotti Park.

The march route will take protesters from Centre Avenue and Crawford Street to Sixth Avenue before turning left on Ross Street, stopping briefly there for what police called a mini-rally at the Mellon Operations Center.

From Ross, marchers will turn right onto Fourth Avenue and then right into the northbound lanes of Grant Street, walking to the U.S. Steel Building for another quick rally and then two more at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Liberty Center buildings.

Next the protesters plan to turn left onto Liberty Avenue and left onto Wood Street, stopping again for an abbreviated rally at One PNC Plaza. Then they plan to turn right onto Fifth Avenue and left on Market Street into Market Square.

Parking restrictions begin at 7 a.m. and include the following streets:

-- Crawford Street between Bedford Avenue and Foreside Place

-- Centre Avenue between Protectory Place and Sixth Avenue

-- Washington Place between Fifth Avenue and Centre

-- Chatham Place

-- Sixth Avenue between Fifth Avenue and Grant Street

-- Ross Street between Third and Sixth avenues

-- Fourth Avenue between Smithfield and Ross streets

-- Forbes Avenue between Diamond Street and Cherry Way

-- Fifth Avenue between Sixth Avenue and Smithfield

-- Oliver Street between William Penn Place and Grant

-- Sixth Avenue between Liberty Avenue and Grant

-- Seventh Avenue between Liberty and Grant

-- Liberty between Grant and Commonwealth Place

-- William Penn between Seventh Avenue and Liberty

-- 10th Street between Liberty and Penn Avenue

-- Smithfield between Seventh Avenue and Liberty

-- Ninth Street between Liberty and Penn

-- Eighth Street between Liberty and Penn

- Seventh Street between Liberty and Penn

-- Sixth Avenue between Liberty and Wood

-- Sixth Street between Liberty and Penn

-- Forbes between Wood and Stanwix Street

-- All of Market Square

-- Graeme Street

-- Market Street between Sixth Street and Market Square

-- McMasters Way

- Fifth Avenue between Wood and Penn

Jacob Quinn Sanders: jsanders@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1601.


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