Photo: Spencer Heyfron for Philadelphia Magazine
In this month’s Philadelphia Magazine, writer Simon Van Zuylen-Wood takes on the task of profiling the very complex Ori Feibush, who owns OCF Realty and has been a leading force for neighborhood development in Point Breeze. Van Zuylen-Wood spent an enormous amount of time researching Point Breeze and Philadelphia gentrification; interviewing people about Feibush and neighborhood development; and pondering just what it is that makes Feibush tick, much of which he discovered in Feibush’s company.
Feibush matters because Point Breeze matters–it’s a development and gentrification real-time test case. It’s a neighborhood-in-transition petri dish.
The Historical Commission meets on a regular basis, and it’s not exactly a hot ticket–there aren’t any scalpers outside. Yet on Friday the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Integrity Officer Joan Markman attended a meeting of the Commission on a day when it was discussing a project taking place two blocks from her house. Though she said she had no stake in the outcome either way, she was remarkably interested in the “process,” as she put it.
Philebrity was told by “multiple sources” that Point Breeze developer/coffee shop owner Ori Feibush, who’s had his share of contretemps with City Council members, was considering a run for office.
Image: The City Outside
The garden next door to the OCF Coffee House’s Point Breeze location received some national attention this week from the always fun design website Houzz and contributor Becky Harris. While the article doesn’t give the address of the garden, it does say, “the owner of a new coffee shop in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze area hired artist and designer Becky Bourdeau to create an open urban garden space and inviting seating areas in an abandoned garbage-strewn plot out back.”