Philly officials tell resident: quit cleaning up weed-filled lot. Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Developer Ori Feibush said he spent $20,000 to clean up a vacant lot in Philadelphia, to the disapproval of the city's Office of Housing and Community Development. By Susanna Kim, Good Morning America.
Ori Feibush, President and Founder of OCF Realty, recently opened the OCF Coffee House in Point Breeze, Philadelphia. Feibush went through great lengths to clean up a vacant lot located directly to the rear of his newly established business. After numerous attempts to purchase the lot from the city of Philadelphia, Feibush decided to take matters into his own hands. After spending thousands of dollars and countless man hours, he transformed the blighted space into a zen-like community garden. The city's response: quit cleaning up the weed-filled lot.
The story captured the interests of local and national news sources including MSNBC, the Washington Post, and Good Morning America. It even breached international waters, popping up on headlines of Pakistani news outlets, dubbing it the lot heard around the world.