KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City officials are looking at Philadelphia's experiment with a curfew as one possible way of controlling crowds of teens who congregate at night at Country Club Plaza and other spots.
The mayor of Philadelphia announced a 9 p.m. curfew last week for those under 18 on Fridays and Saturdays in the downtown and the area around the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.
Spencer Thompson, attorney for Highwoods Properties (owner of the Plaza), confirmed with NBC Action News that his client is very concerned about large gatherings of youths on the Plaza. Thompson says Highwoods wants to talk with the city and with police about possible solutions to the problem.
"The community needs to come up with an answer and before we can do that we need to ask the kids they are the ones who have to utilize it," said Mayor Sly James.
James said he wasn't in a position to call for a curfew. He said it would take an act of the city council. James believes all options should be looked at.
"We need to give young people outlets," said James.
Among the possible solutions might be an earlier curfew. Thompson emphasizes that his client is not calling for earlier curfew but suggests that might be a possible solution.
Parent Jane Kieffer said she supported the curfew.
"I've attended movies here and come out to a huge crowd of kids and it's a little intimidating," said Kieffer.
(The Associated Press and NBC Action News contributed to this report).
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