As we said here, Saturday’s protest by the Point Breeze Organizing Committee and its sympathizers was peaceful. Property photographer Laura Kicey took photos of the crowd, the signs, the speakers and performers, and one very tiny drummer in training.
Saturday was the Point Breeze Organizing Committee’s march against OCF Realty, and as you’ll see from our photos, which we’ll have up soon, it was very peaceful. Yet early that morning someone in the neighborhood smashed a hole in one window of the local OCF Realty coffee shop, and took another window out almost completely–acts that runs counter to the PBOC’s nonviolent mandate.
Point Breeze Organizing Committee Has Libel Duel With Ori Feibush and Everyone Forgets About Improving the Neighborhood
Point Breeze Organizing Committee (PBOC), the group that believes that developer Ori Feibush and his company, OCF Realty, is trying to take over the neighborhood, now alleges Feibush has falsely attributed moronic written remarks to Gary Broderick, one of the group’s de facto leaders. They say Feibush did this by creating fake Facebook chats with Broderick and then showed them to others. The group then created a strike-back video in which an organizer reads a Cease and Desist letter articulating Feibush’s alleged misdeeds.
Of course, the video isn’t exactly standard legal practice. So Broderick has also sent out a letter looking for legal help, which made its way to the desk of ACLU staff attorney Mary Catherine Roper. She then forwarded it to a list of “fellow NLGers” (members of the National Lawyers Guild of Philadelphia ) saying, “If you can help Gary, please contact him.”
The letter is below and was originally published on philadelinquency:
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.
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.”