Interesting article here in the City Paper. It's scary to know that the new zoning code gives NIMBY community groups even more power. Not a good sign for the city.
One woman has long controlled zoning in Point Breeze. Now, she might be losing her grip.
Developer Ori Feibush would like to purchase and develop some vacant, city-owned land in Point Breeze — or, more precisely, all the vacant, city-owned land in Point Breeze, more than 100 lots altogether. To do that, though, he needs the support of his district's City Council member — until recently longtime Councilwoman Anna Verna, now rookie Kenyatta Johnson — and to get that support, he needs the backing of the community.
In Point Breeze, that comes through one person: Claudia Sherrod, the executive director of South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc. (SPHINC), a nonprofit low-income-housing developer that has long tripled as the neighborhood zoning committee and as the Office of Housing and Community Development-contracted Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) for Point Breeze.
Point Counterpoint | Philadelphia City Paper | 03/01/2012