1. This story is unreal. While Feibush may not have universal appeal, the city couldn’t be more tone deaf in its response to his actions.
2. Among the comments to this story was the one I’ve screen-capped and attached. By my estimate, it’s been up for over 2 hours and not removed or deleted. While 90% of the comments on that site are veiled racist, this is just flat out racist. (Though part of me really hopes that given the Borat avatar, it’s actually someone trying to make fun of the racists but the chances of that are low.) It appears Philly.com has just completely given up on any sense of civility in the comments.”
The story our dear reader is referencing is a little inside-real-estate-baseball about a city-owned lot that was in disarray, and how Ori Feibush went and dropped $20,000 into it to clean up and make it useful to people. Feibush will soon be opening a coffee shop adjacent to the lot, so he had his reasons to fix it up. The city however, is threatening to charge Feibush with charges of trespassing for going into the lot and modifying it in any way. They are currently asking him to return the lot to the way it was. And as with everything on the internet, there are multiple stories: Here’s the city’s, and here is Feibush’s.
As for the comment, which as of now is still up on the story, it’s one of the most overtly racist comments on a site where most of the comments are fairly overtly racist. The only difference this time, is that the commenter actually used the word “black,” because without specifics, how can anyone know that you’re an actual racist? This shit wouldn’t have went down on Warren’s watch.