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Philadelphia Planning Agency Orders Developer to Return Trash to a Vacant Lot.

Written by Gary North on September 24, 2012

A local property developer had a problem. He wanted to put in a business, but the vacant lot next door was filled with trash.

Repeatedly, he asked the local planning commission to remove the tradh. It refused seven times.

So, he spent $20,000 to remove the trash, level the lot, and plant cherry trees.

The planning commission has ordered him to restore the trash at his expense. Otherwise, it will sue him. He had no authority to clean up the lot. He violated city planning ordinances.

The supreme issue here is not making the environment better. It is the defense of the sovereign authority of the city to decide how to regulate the environment. The official justification of such authority is the good of the people. But once the civil government takes over, the chief priority shifts to the maintenance of civil authority over the lives of citizens.

The planning committee now looks foolish. This is always risky. It might wake up the public. But the planners are probably correct. They can create lots of trouble for the developer, which will send a message to other developers: either grovel or pay a bribe.

The city of Houston has no zoning. All other cities do. The public thinks that planning by bureaucrats is the best way to create a nice environment. Then, once in a while, the real motivation of city planners surfaces. “Restore the trash or be fined.”

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16 thoughts on “Philadelphia Planning Agency Orders Developer to Return Trash to a Vacant Lot.

  1. Stupidity #1! The City should be paying the property developer for cleaning up his corner.

  2. Wtf?

  3. Time to take out the trash beginning with the city planning commission. Dissolve the bureaucracy and fire everyone employed there. Try running the city without the planning commission for 20 or 30 years and see if it doesn't work better. It would send a clear message to the rest of the city commissars as well.

  4. This is just another example of how bad government can handle things. Obama must have hired these people……IMPORTANT LOOK AT THIS! IT IS VERY SHORT BUT VERY INTERESTING!
    This just broke. Share this quickly as YouTube may scrub it!


  5. Let's not ask what political party these planners belong to. . .let me guess . . .

    And this is what the current 'admin' in DC wants to bring to the whole country – just look how orderly and efficiently things are run in the City of Brotherly Love . . .

  6. Typical bureaucratic mind-free zone: destroy peoples' ability to earn a living, but keep levels of taxation constantly increasing and still expect people to be able to pay said taxes.

  7. Also watch the follow-up youtube to this one. This has been around for a while, but people have not been aware.

  8. VoiceOfReason says:

    The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is likely populated by business-hating Democrats.

  9. AmericansRon2U says:

    Welcome to Agenda 21, folks….sustainable development, central planning, smart growth and all the other commie crap this agenda entails so they can run your lives. If ICLEI or any of these Nazi organizations come to your town, contact your legislators immediately and stop any attempt to allow them into your community.

  10. Boxerbuddy4 says:

    Good guy loses. Sad.

  11. Sounds like the Developer should "counter sue" This ICLEI/Agenda 21 Member for irresponsible negligense!

  12. Nemesis of Empire says:

    Burn the government instead. Take out THAT TRASH FIRST. Christ our KING and no other! This our land! This our RIGHT! OUR BLOOD WILL WIN!

  13. Texas Chris says:

    See what Bob Wenzel wrote on Disney's maintenance of the roads and area around their park.

  14. Well, either he needs to counter sue, or else contact everybody he knows, & have them bring all of their stinky, smelly trash & dump it right back on that lot, dig up the trees, & then renege on building his business there. In fact, if I were him, I'd move to another city, or even another state!

  15. Public_Citizen says:

    The developer needs to tell the city "Back off or face a very public and very expensive lawsuit".
    The basis for the suit would be
    1. The city has created a public nuisance and a threat to the health and safety of the citizenry by not requiring the owner of the adjacent property in a manner in keeping with the public welfare.
    2. You are a pack of self serving fools that need to be turned out and this is how the public will be informed.
    3. This will be a rallying point for every citizens group and activist looking for a reason to "make trouble" for city officials.
    4. This will become a very public example of why we are paying you too much and it's time for you to go away.

  16. I'm certain there are ordinances against the keeping of trash, litter, etc, on private lands. This bunch of government whackjobs, with their "order" to "return" the trash, is commanding this firm to violate these laws. Thus, the order is unjust and unlawful. IF the neighbour "obeys" this order, he will be in violation of local laws, passed "for the good" of the community.

    This is a clear case of government fools rising to the ridiculous pinnacle of tyranny. They have NO authority to fine this man, nor to command him to DO anything relating to the neighbouring proplerty. One idea: install a large quantity of "trash" on his OWN property and see how log they take to threaten him with maintaining a nuisance, "breeding vermin", and other such silliness. THEN he can merely huck it all over the fence and comply with BOTH orders. Stupid people, should be tossed out on their overpaid derrieres.