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.)