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Old 10-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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City May Sue Developer for Cleaning 40 Tons of Trash...

Dude uses his own money to clean 40 tons of trash and build a park, and now the city may sue him.....

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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.

As the old adage goes, no good deed goes unpunished. 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 the Daily News reports that 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.

"This was a lot of garbage," local resident Elaine McGrath told the paper. "Now it's gorgeous. I'm excited."

However, the city agency was less excited, demanding that Feibush return the vacant lot to its previous condition and saying it is considering legal action against him.

"Like any property owner, [the authority] does not permit unauthorized access to or alteration of its property," Paul D. Chrystie, director of communications at the Office of Housing and Community Development told the paper. "This is both on principle (no property owner knowingly allows trespassing) and to limit taxpayer liability."

And the situation is not without irony. Feibush says he received a citation in August 2011 from the city for litter on the same lot that the city now points out is not his property.

Nonetheless, the city's request puts Feibush in an unusual position. In theory, he committed a good deed, investing his own time and money to improve the condition of his neighborhood when city authorities refused to step up to the plate. But he also knowingly did so after the city refused his request to intervene.

The situation is almost like a reverse case of eminent domain, in which a private owner is attempting to revitalize a piece of public property.

For his part, Feibush thinks the city agency is jealous.

"For a private developer to create a garden, it's a question of who gets credit. To do it without their blessing, you're basically insulting them," he said. "I'm not looking for a thank-you, but I'm not looking for a big F.U."
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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i'm skeptical. 40 tons of actual garbage? scrap metal? i'm curious what the hell it actually was.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:36 PM   #3
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i'm skeptical. 40 tons of actual garbage? scrap metal? i'm curious what the hell it actually was.
40 tons of trash / debris / etc..... so we are talking like an 18 wheeler trailer full of crap.... But unfortunately for him, it was not his property to clean up.

Here is what he did ....



more pics... at bottom of article there is a slideshow, no before pics though.
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40 tons of trash / debris / etc..... so we are talking like an 18 wheeler trailer full of crap.... But unfortunately for him, it was not his property to clean up.

Here is what he did ....



more pics... at bottom of article there is a slideshow, no before pics though.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...200922350.html
His cafe was suffering because of the trash. He reached out to the city for help, who refused. I think the guy is a hero, and the city should make the owner of the garbage property pay the cost, and if its city property, they should pay him.
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His cafe was suffering because of the trash. He reached out to the city for help, who refused. I think the guy is a hero, and the city should make the owner of the garbage property pay the cost, and if its city property, they should pay him.
I know why he did it....I think the guy did a great thing. He is helping his business and he is helping the community. However, like I said, it is not his property to mess with. Period.

Just like I can't alter my neighbors yard or house in some way because I think it will be better for my property value and be better for the neighborhood.
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I know why he did it....I think the guy did a great thing. He is helping his business and he is helping the community. However, like I said, it is not his property to mess with. Period.

Just like I can't alter my neighbors yard or house in some way because I think it will be better for my property value and be better for the neighborhood.
This.

I have yet to see any pictures of it really looking that bad, ooh, some green grass and jersey barriers. That most recent one could have been him re-leveling the lot.
It's not his land to make decisions with. If anything, the city is suing for a precedent so people don't randomly go "upgrading" public land. Just because this one turned out looking half decent doesn't mean it couldn't have come out looking like ****. lol
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Beyond retarded. The city should give that guy a medal
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Beyond retarded. The city should give that guy a medal
Agreed. WTF is wrong with people. The guy should get a thank you, not a lawsuit.
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JonJon probably complained

That's fvcked up though...guy did the city a great service and then for them to come back around and sue him. This reminds of an episode of Hey Arnold.

Edit: Yup, there was one http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/The_Vacant_Lot
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JonJon probably complained

That's fvcked up though...guy did the city a great service and then for them to come back around and sue him. This reminds of an episode of Hey Arnold.

Edit: Yup, there was one http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/The_Vacant_Lot
jesus dude! you just threw me back with that "Hey Arnold" reference, I loved that show as a kid and if I could watch it now I would.
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jesus dude! you just threw me back with that "Hey Arnold" reference, I loved that show as a kid and if I could watch it now I would.
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jesus dude! you just threw me back with that "Hey Arnold" reference, I loved that show as a kid and if I could watch it now I would.
I can't tell you why it popped into my head first thing when reading this lol, nostalgia took over after that. Youtube has episodes and just saw Netflix has 5 seasons streaming as well -- guess I know what I'm watching on Sunday!
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Actually... I know the developer...
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Never underestimate the power of bureaucracy to torpedo common sense.

On one hand, I understand that there needs to be a permitting process and so on for this kind of stuff.

If the guy did a half ass job, cut corners, created a dangerous situation, that's not good for the community, and the liability to the city is very real. For example, if there were oil drums on the site and his clean up crew drained the drums into the soil before hauling them away, that's a problem. And since it's city property, it's a city problem. If some youngin' plays on the new structures and falls and cracks his head open, the city will certainly be named in the zillion dollar lawsuit because it was their land and they failed to make sure it was safe.

The city also has to be wary of setting a precedent. If they pat this guy on the back or even look the other way because the end result is nice, they open themselves up to not being able to come down on the next person that takes a similar action, even if that person's results aren't as favorable or popular.

But the city HAS to be able to take a step back, evaluate what this guy has done, and (if it's as good as it's been portrayed) find a way to accept that an improvement has been made without setting themselves up for future problems.
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Cleaning up the area next to his business, coffee shop, would also help his business.

Customers are more likely to buy there when there is basically a park next door now.

Increased business, park, cleaned up the city a bit.. Triple win.
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The guy is a freakin' genius. His month old coffee shop is getting nationwide coverage and exposure. He did it even after the city told him no because in reality, they're not going to throw him in jail for beatifying the city, it would make the city look bad and there would be protest. He played his risk cards right!
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