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(Philly.com)   Sir, we WILL sue you if you don't replace the 40 tons of trash and broken glass to the vacant lot you cleaned and landscaped   (articles.philly.com) divider line 32
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2012-09-18 09:56:05 PM
11 votes:
Well, were there 27 8x10 glossy photos with circles and arrows on the front and a paragraph on the back explaining what each one was?
2012-09-18 09:41:43 PM
9 votes:
Put. Ze garbage. Beck.
2012-09-18 10:05:48 PM
5 votes:
Is it Thanksgiving already?
2012-09-18 11:29:36 PM
3 votes:

lizyrd: rooftop235: Philly, another dumbass town I won't be visiting. I cannot believe that this guy is in trouble.

What got me more is that people objected to the 'gentrification' of that area. Do they WANT to be ghetto???

/wow. just wow.

Improving the neighborhood isn't going to improve the lot in life of people that live there. When the area becomes "gentrified," the values go up. Then the rent goes up. Then wealthier, trendy urbanites start moving in and rent goes up more. Then the original residents have to move out as their leases expire. Someone in that type of situation is more likely to walk or bus to work. They're likely to have a neighborhood support network that will be broken up. They're not likely to have excess money for moving expenses.

Not to say that cities shouldn't be renewed, but you can't blame poor people for worrying about being forced out of their neighborhood by economics. If they could afford a place that wasn't next to a vacant lot filled with garbage, they probably wouldn't be living next to a vacant lot filled with garbage.


Anyone who really cares about the poor will dump their garbage in vacant lots in order to provide more affordable housing.
2012-09-18 10:25:21 PM
2 votes:
("KID, HAVE YOU REHABILITATED YOURSELF?")
2012-09-18 10:20:23 PM
2 votes:
shouldn't this sort of garbage be on the politics tab, and refuse'd from the front page?
2012-09-18 10:17:24 PM
2 votes:

Palvar: SnakeLee: They pretty much have to or they're inviting random people to start messing around on the other 1,499 lots they have. If some dumbass hurts themselves on another lot while cleaning or whatever, then the city is liable for more than it would cost to clean up every lot in the city."

Right, except the city doesn't shovel sidewalks or maintain any of their property, so they are already opening themselves up to lawsuits. I'm not sure about the city itself, but our transit authority gets sued over 3,000 times a year. Imagine being the solicitor for SEPTA and being served more than 10 times a day, every day of the year.

Ori has been trying to buy this property for years, but the councilperson is saving it for a favored campaign donor. 

Also, the city controls over 15,000 lots through various agencies.


He's not playing the game right then. He would have been better off spending $20000 on winning election against the councilperson involved, then getting government money to pay for cleaning up the property followed by a shady deal in which he claims possession of the property for a minimal amount.
2012-09-18 10:10:12 PM
2 votes:
You didn't build that.

/good on ya
2012-09-18 10:09:37 PM
2 votes:
clean-up and leave a group-W bench
2012-09-19 10:01:01 PM
1 votes:

CheapEngineer: [images.wikia.com image 250x275]


Pick up that can.
2012-09-19 02:09:37 AM
1 votes:
Hire goats to eat it.
2012-09-19 02:08:39 AM
1 votes:

loonatic112358: simplicimus: Nah, nobody takes out the trash on the politics tab.

of course, it's late the dumps closed, just go throw it over a cliff


That just gets you thrown in with the mother rapers and the father stabbers and the father rapers.
2012-09-18 11:58:04 PM
1 votes:
ninjamonkey.us
2012-09-18 11:36:39 PM
1 votes:

simplicimus: Fark Angelic Choir: simplicimus: WTP 2: clean-up and leave a group-W bench

Kid, What'd you get?

I didn't get nothin'. I had to pay fifty dollars and pick up the garbage.

I'm impressed at the number of us who remember that song.


Well of course! It's the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacree Movement...and all you gotta do to join is sing it the next time it comes around on the guitar.

/with feeling
//start just about every long road trip I take by listening to this.
2012-09-18 11:36:01 PM
1 votes:
Kid, have you rehabilitated yourself?
2012-09-18 11:05:11 PM
1 votes:
City doesn't want to disrupt the trash heap and neither do the vermin that call it home. I say let them be.

They'll be removed soon enough once the exterminations start.
2012-09-18 10:57:16 PM
1 votes:
"...we decided that one big pile is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we
decided to throw our's down.

That's what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving
dinner that couldn't be beat, went to sleep and didn't get up until the
next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, 'Kid,
we found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of
garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.' And
I said, 'Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope
under that garbage.'"
2012-09-18 10:56:46 PM
1 votes:
Not to mention this guy probably didn't clean up using union labor, Pennsylvania won't let you blow your nose without accepting a tissue from a union worker.
2012-09-18 10:54:15 PM
1 votes:

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Apparently, the lot was bought by the city in the late 70s and then it just sat on it. That's not very good development there, Lou.


Hey you don't get government handouts by running a successful business.
2012-09-18 10:51:35 PM
1 votes:
It's Philly.

Typical Philly or for that matter, most any urban US area anymore.

The old "blockbusting" was progressive & good, the gentrification is regressive & racist.
(yes, they do have that newsletter somewhere)

/the joys of a Pyrrhic victory anyone?
//once we've won The War on Terrorism, let's hope we don't run out of ramen for the big holiday dinners
2012-09-18 10:51:34 PM
1 votes:

theodopolis13: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: beefoe: Yes, the city owned the lot for 40 years and let it become a trash dump.

Please provide a citation to a source that says the city owned the lot for forty years.

FTA: "The one at 20th and Annin has been available "for a significant period of time," Chrystie said."
40 years is a significant period of time, is it not?


That depends on whether you're talking about the shelf life of a Twinkie or the age of a mountain. ;-)
2012-09-18 10:40:16 PM
1 votes:

rooftop235: Philly, another dumbass town I won't be visiting. I cannot believe that this guy is in trouble.

What got me more is that people objected to the 'gentrification' of that area. Do they WANT to be ghetto???

/wow. just wow.


A lot of places object to gentrification, it's claimed as racist because it raises property values and drives poor people out since they can't afford new lease rates or the higher property taxes. Of course in this sense, improving an area means you hate black people. Look at U Street, or H Street in DC, and soon Anacostia once the St. Elizabeths West Campus opens up to the DHS and Coast Guard.
2012-09-18 10:37:34 PM
1 votes:

bdub77: Sounds like the government officials involved have a power complex. That and they didn't want to have to maintain the lot or have any liability for it so they put up big barriers and kept the weeds there to keep people from trespassing on it. Now that people can and will use the space, they have some liability for it which they have to pay for so they are pissed. They should just deal with it and sell the lot to the guy, but the guy has backed them into a corner to get the lot and now they would prefer to f*ck him over than work with him.


/Maybe the city gov't wanted to knock down the value of the area so that their developer buddies could get in there and do something, thus providing a kickback?

//friggin jerks they are.
2012-09-18 10:37:20 PM
1 votes:

loonatic112358: simplicimus: Nah, nobody takes out the trash on the politics tab.

of course, it's late the dumps closed, just go throw it over a cliff


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2012-09-18 10:22:23 PM
1 votes:

simplicimus: Nah, nobody takes out the trash on the politics tab.


of course, it's late the dumps closed, just go throw it over a cliff
2012-09-18 10:21:50 PM
1 votes:

loonatic112358: shouldn't this sort of garbage be on the politics tab, and refuse'd from the front page?


Nah, nobody takes out the trash on the politics tab.
2012-09-18 10:19:19 PM
1 votes:

djh0101010: Enema Man: Is it Thanksgiving already?

I can't bring myself to mentally replay the whole thing, but, can you please tell me why this is a Thanksgiving tradition?

/taught myself the guitar riff in college - it seemed more useful at the time than actually studying.
//er, my FIRST college, who kicked me out for, um, not studying.


Well, if you have 23 minutes to waste, Link. Just wait for it to come around again on the guitar.
2012-09-18 10:18:09 PM
1 votes:
this is why we can't have nice things
2012-09-18 10:14:28 PM
1 votes:

WTP 2: clean-up and leave a group-W bench


Kid, What'd you get?
2012-09-18 10:11:26 PM
1 votes:
Once again....a PRIVATE person (or company) comes in and does something nice,
something the "government" should have done, and the government doesn't like it.
See, we can get along just fine, if the flippin' government would just get the hell out
of the way!
2012-09-18 10:05:42 PM
1 votes:
I must be old because the first thing I thought of when I saw the improvements was "who gets sued when someone gets hurt falling off one of the benches"?

Apparently, the lot was bought by the city in the late 70s and then it just sat on it. That's not very good development there, Lou.
2012-09-18 08:53:52 PM
1 votes:
They pretty much have to or they're inviting random people to start messing around on the other 1,499 lots they have. If some dumbass hurts themselves on another lot while cleaning or whatever, then the city is liable for more than it would cost to clean up every lot in the city.

If I were the city manager, I'd go to the guy that cleaned it in private and go "thanks, but you'll never hear me say it again, though. I'm going to make some real threatening comments in public, just ignore them but I really need to do it or every dumbass in the city will be playing with power tools in every vacant lot for 100 miles. Sorry but people are dumbasses. Seriously, thanks though"
 
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