City clean-up crews in Philadelphia may soon have the authority to clip the locks on fenced-in vacant lots that are left in disrepair.
More than 500 volunteers have joined with residents in West Philadelphia to help fix homes.
The cleanup took two days, but the vacant lot at 34th and Clearfield has become the city’s newest green space.
City Council’s vote last year to raise a particular fee from $30 to $750 prompted a flood of outrage and now has prompted a council committee to roll it back about halfway.
Once in a while apparently you can fight City Hall. That happened this past week, as Council heard complaints about a huge increase in an annual license fee, and so the lawmakers are likely to cut that hike in half.