Don't press charges against Ori Feibush
  • Petitioned Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

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Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
Mayor of Philadelphia
Michael Nutter

Don't press charges against Ori Feibush

    1. Petition by

      Michelle Okine

      Weston, CT


Ori Feibush spent $20,000 of his on money to clean up a vacant in Philidelphia lot next to his coffee shop full of more than 40 tons of debris. "I didn't wake up one morning and spend tens of thousands of dollars to remove blight that was a danger to residents and customers," Ori 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 the mess across from his business. 

He reused that land added woodchips, cherry trees and benches. Now the city is telling him to 'restore the lot back to it's former glory' for altering land that is not his. "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. 

Please help stand up for him. What he did may be wrong on some levels, but he did it for a good cause.





(The image above is the amazing work Ori has done with the land.)



Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Chad Ziemer COON RAPIDS, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      After asking for help from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority several times and in different ways, this man simply decided to take some action for the good. Those in positions of government leadership should be thankful that a citizen was thinking of helping his city and fellow citizens instead of punishing him because he successfully did what they were not willing to do. Actions speak louder than words!

    • Kimberley Broyles NEWARK, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      This business owner went above and beyond for the betterment of the community. He made multiple attempts to contact someone at the city who could help with this issue. He did the neighborhood a GREAT service, and at his own expense. I can only hope that there would be people who cared this much about the eyesores in my own city and would do such a thing to clean them up. He should be thanked!

    • Marjorie Lawrence GALLIPOLIS, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      What is also disturbing is that they didn't attempt to stop him while he was doing it. They didn't notice 20 tons of garbage being removed? If the "principal" was so important, why wait until it was complete before reacting in such an idiotic fashion.

    • Diane Villafane CAROLINA
      • about 2 years ago

      We NEED more people like Mr. Feibush, who act to improve things instead of waiting for the government to do everything.

      Just make a law that making improvement doesn't grant ownership. What ever happened to common sense? This man did nothing wrong!

    • kathy schnorrbusch STEWARTSVILLE, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      someone needs to show the goverment taht we are no longer going to take this stupidness lying down


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