Local Politicians Link-Up With Anti-Development Group - Philadelinquency
Kenyatta Johnson says he supports development. But, does he? Earlier this month, this event flyer was circulating around Point Breeze for a rally held this past Saturday:
One among many things that irk anti-development activists in Point Breeze is the neighborhood name of Newbold.
In prominent attendance was local anti-development activist Teresa McCormick as well as local politicians Kenyatta Johnson, State Rep. Jordan Harris and director of South Philly H.O.M.E.S. Claudia Sherrod, who is an affordable housing developer in Point Breeze and whose organization has primary zoning representation in Point Breeze.
What’s the beef and why the event? Well, I think I’ve explained that one quite well.
One angle that’s often forgotten about and was just brought up this weekend is the hatred over the name Newbold. In case you’ve never heard of Newbold, it’s a community that hugs the western side of South Broad Street and continues a few blocks in. Here on the City of Philadelphia’s official map of registered community organizations, Newbold has two RCO’s: Newbold Neighbors Association (website), and Newbold Civic (website).
Interestingly enough, both civic websites heavily feature residents and members picking up trash and cleaning up lots within their respective areas.
Parts of both RCO’s official territories overlap with South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S., which is considered the official zoning voice over the area between Broad Street and Gray’s Ferry.
Newbold Neighbors Association (blue line)
Approximately 40 people were in attendance at the chilly morning rally, mostly infuriated over market-rate development and lack of affordable housing, with carefully-laced references to classism peppered throughout. While the content of the oratory was banal, the overarching message was clear to those in attendance: “We don’t like Newbold and think it must go away.”
Does that mean Kenyatta Johnson wants to see Newbold erased off the City Planning Commission maps and to have both civics decertified? Only time can tell.
Concerned Citizens of Point Breeze, Philadelinquency has learned, has put in an application to become an RCO. This could get interesting.