Can I get a comment from the CCPB? KJ?
Can I get a comment from the CCPB? KJ?
But LandGrab is basically the same exact thing that happened in G-Ho back in 2000-2003 timeframe. Back then it was PHA and RDA both doing the land grabbing. PHA was grabbing for itself and RDA was grabbing for PHA and Universal. SOSNA in part got stronger from fighting LandGrab 1.0; as I understand the history (someone who lived through it please give up corrections and extend my remarks).
LandGrab-2 is basically a repeat of the same idea. Freeze market rate development because:
a) anti-gentrifiers will be happy
b) presents you less headaches with catering to a widening array of demographics you didn't need to deal with before.
Some Philly pols are horrible at adapting to demographic shift. See: Rizzo, Jr.
This issue should be at the very least be investigated by the Human Relation Commission. After all, they investigated Joey Vento for a lousy sign where this is about housing descrimination. Perhaps the developers interested in this area could pool their resources and hire a Civil rights attorney?
The fact this is happening only in Newbold/ Gray's Ferry is suspicious...very suspicious indeed.
And the proposed language in the LBB currently allows a rejection for "any reason", which that means no reason at all (i.e. "We are not prepared for a sale at this time. Thank you.") is sufficient enough. The bill doesn't require the Council member to explain the reason in depth.
HOWEVER, the rejections coming from the Council office would be required by the proposed LBB board to be published; to apply it to the situation we have now, KJ's office wouldn't like that. If for instance, his goal is to curry favor with favorites, he won't sell any land to competitors who complain to KJ about other buyers. He can openly reject those purchase requests. But they will become part of the public record and as with LotGate, it could garner media attention when he does it.
Back to the PRA eminent domain list, the OPA lists at least 4 of these as already owned by either the City (Department of Public Property) or PHDC.
1728 Federal- DPP
1713 Manton- DPP
1715 Manton- PHDC
1718 Titan- DPP
The PRA map( PRA Available Properties) has 1719 Manton as owned by DPP, but OPA has it sold to a private owner in 2010.
These types of discrepancies are bound to be there with this amount of data. Question is, are any of the above properties ones being discussed as recently sold by DPP or PHDC and now being targeted for eminent domain acquisition?
Also, by building "affordable housing" or "low-income senior housing" or whatever the heck it's going to be, he will guarantee himself a nice nest of votes. Sorta like the Scottish Rite stuff over at 16th and Fitzwater. Just show up and smile, you're a Dem, you've got their votes. And your staff/campaign volunteers can sheppard them to the polling station, all the while telling them how to vote this year.
Here is what is missing in this entire conversation. Why is it that Kenyatta Johnson and his fellow ilk on council don't ever talk about RAISING INCOMES??? It's always about assuming that the city wil be poor. For god's sake, the African American leadership in this city AND btw, the entire democratic machine in this city has governed this city in a way that is about managing decline....not encouraging growth.
KJ and his enablers have no interest in raising incomes, improving schools and attracting new business. It is not racist to call them on it.ANY politician that perpetuates poverty and race baits, whether white, black, brown or purple needs to be called on it.
There are 5-6 members of city council who DEPEND on poverty and social disfunction to ensure re-election.....it is disgusting and it need s to end NOW.
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Philly is one of the Democratic party's larger plantations.
same income limits as most of the current affordable housing being built, that's pretty unlikely.
I think the idea that this is retribution or an attempt to steal the next election are pretty far fetched. It seems much more like what they say it is, an attempt to ensure housing affordability as area prices rise. What they do not publicly say is that it's also meant to provide a fairly minor counterbalance to the major demographic shift going on in the neighborhood. As long as Philadelphia is run by Democrats there will be an insatiable desire for affordable housing, it's just that the way they're going about this particular development is insane.
There are already some nice rehabs for sale by that are affordable without needing government subsidies. The private market is still somehow filling that need for houses in the 130-200k range without having to forcibly take people's property. Oh yeah, and many of those developers are buying those houses at sheriff's sale and sending tax dollars back into the City coffers in the process. Point Breeze is already an affordable neighborhood which is part of why so many people are flocking to it, there is no need for the city to get in the way of that.
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However, just as some perceive this move as having galvanized KJ's opposition, I'm sure he sees it as a move to galvanize anti-gentrification folks. Not to mention give out money to affordable housing groups to build market rate housing at inflated costs.
They just jumped over bills 120763 and 120764, does this mean that Johnson pulled these bills?
Johnson tweeting during council meeting. Keep it classy Johnson.