Yahoo: A business developer in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze is facing legal action after voluntarily cleaning up more than 40 tons of trash from a vacant lot neighboring his local business. Ori Feibush says he visited the local offices of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority four times, sent in seven written requests and made 24 phone calls to the agency asking them to take care of a major eyesore: an empty lot next to his coffee shop was home to more than 40 tons of debris.
Not only did the agency fail to act but it also denied Feibush’s offer to clean up the mess himself. But Feibush went ahead with his plans anyway, reportedly spending more than $20,000 of his own money not only to remove the trash but also to level the soil; add cherry trees, fencing and park benches; and repave the sidewalk.
However, the city agency [is] demanding that Feibush return the vacant lot to its previous condition and saying it is considering legal action against him.
If this is true, it represents an absurdity of colossal proportions. But I have a few questions:
1. 40 tons? That’s 80,000 pounds. I think I’d like some “before” pictures. Did he remove an entire crack house?
2. Who pays $20,000 to clean up coffee shop environs? Not a coffee shop owner, I’ll tell you that.
3. Although I support his actions (if true), I don’t like that smug-ass look on his face. I’ll bet he’s “from money.” Not really a question, but feel free to discuss.