Pass this to all your neighbors... e-mail, SMS, Facebook, Twitter... broadcast it to everyone you know.
Why: To put a final cork in the malcontents in your neighborhood trying to preserve crack dens, vacant lots and warehouses. Show your support for the revitalization of West Philly into a thriving, economically and environmentally SUSTAINABLE neighborhood that will benefit the City of Philadelphia and all of us in other neighborhoods who look to your neighborhood as a beacon of hope for renewal.
What: Zoning meeting for Apple Lofts project
Where: Arnett A.M.E. Church, 815 S 53rd St.
In any normal civic, these meetings are usually sleep-fests. A developer/appellee proposes, people mumble and grumble and ask questions, and a piece of paper is passed around indicating for/against said proposal. If people are for something, fine. If not, that's fine too.
But in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD this has turned into a circus where ONE PERSON has hijacked this normal community function to serve not only his own needs, but to replace your voice in City Council with his own.
If you live in West Philly, this affects you and the quality of your life. IN YOUR HOME. Ergo, your attendance at Wednesday's zoning meeting is absolutely required.
Can I attend even though I don't live near the proposals? YES
Can I attend even though I am not a member of (insert organization here): YES. ZBA recognized civic organizations are required to hold their meetings PUBLICLY. They cannot be closed to the general public. They can however restrict in their codified bylaws who can vote on proposals and measures.
I work in West Philly but do not live there, can I vote? All civic associations are required to recognize as members those who have established residency and for non-persons such as businesses, that makes the proprietors of said businesses eligible to vote in a civic organization. (To my knowledge, I know of no such civic associations that have successfully barred small business owners from being able to hold memberships or deny them permission to vote on motions and proposals in civic meetings)