Guess what I do more often?
Take this story, for example. This tale should appear on every blog, tweet, and Facebook page in America, because it perfectly captures the way Philadelphia operates.
As the old adage goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Ori Feibush says he visited the local offices of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority four times, sent in seven written requests and made 24 phone calls to the agency asking them to take care of a major eyesore: an empty lot next to his coffee shop was home to more than 40 tons of debris.
Not only did the agency fail to act but it also denied Feibush’s offer to clean up the mess himself. But Feibush went ahead with his plans anyway, reportedly spending more than $20,000 of his own money not only to remove the trash but also to level the soil; add cherry trees, fencing and park benches; and repave the sidewalk.
[The city demanded] Feibush return the vacant lot to its previous condition and saying it is considering legal action against him.
Yeah, just track down all that trash and place it where it was. Morons.
Check out the doublespeak coming from this over-officious jerk:
“Like any property owner, [the authority] does not permit unauthorized access to or alteration of its property,” Paul D. Chrystie, director of communications at the Office of Housing and Community Development told the paper. “This is both on principle (no property owner knowingly allows trespassing) and to limit taxpayer liability.”
And the situation is not without irony. Feibush says he received a citation in August 2011 from the city for litter on the same lot that the city now points out is not his property.
Dear President Obama, THIS is the difference between the government and the private sector. One entity is usually completely and utterly useless. The other is usually able to make things happen. Here endeth the lesson.