PHILADELPHIA - The city of Philadelphia is being sued in federal court for its ban on feeding the homeless in city parks.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of a group of community and church organizations who have distributed meals for years in parks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The area is also home to many Philadelphia museums and tourist attractions. The city moved in March to ban the feedings.
Homeless advocates say the city wants to keep the homeless hidden. But businesses in the area complain about health hazards and crime in the feeding areas.
Mayor Michael Nutter says the city wants to get the homeless indoors where they can get medical and other services.
Signs have been posted prohibiting outdoor feeding. Repeat violators are subject to $150 fines.
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