Phila to Ban “Gentrification Symbols” of Balconies and Bay Windows UPDATE!


There goes the old neighborhood.  Apparently councilman Johnson didn’t get paid a big enough payoff. That’s how Philadelphia rolls. Yes those dilapidated row houses are just cute as a button. Anyway, we don’t want those white folks moving in now do we?

In Philadelphia, city councilman Kenyatta Johnson has pushed for the city to ban balconies and bay windows from new apartments and condos, saying that they are a “symbol of gentrification” that causes anxiety, as he criticizes the new housing developments being built in the city.

Meanwhile, the “blame whitey” ban on balconies and bay windows passed out of committee and is now on the mayor’s desk, waiting to be signed into law. Johnson added “I call them pop-out windows, that’s where we have these monstrosity developments with windows with aluminum siding that are green or orange or blue, and they don’t fit on these blocks that are all red-brick rowhouses.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Johnson, who represents much of South Philadelphia, introduced a bill during City Council’s May 23 session that would ban balconies and bay windows across Point Breeze and Grays Ferry. The two architectural features would still be allowed outside of those two neighborhoods, but according to the bill, the distance from which they can project from a building would continue to be regulated.

Johnson’s legislation comes amid unprecedented change in his district, which stretches from the fast-gentrifying neighborhoods of Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze, to areas farther south and west, including the Navy Yard and Eastwick. Thousands of new rowhouses have been built, adding taller and showier structures to older and modest rowhouse blocks. The boxy, bump-out bay windows that Johnson aims to legislate have become a well-known architectural feature of Philadelphia’s construction boom, just as aluminum siding and roof decks have.

For some homeowners in the market for newly constructed homes, balconies and bump-out bay windows offer two things that a traditional rowhouse can’t: additional space and light.Other people see these architectural features as a defining symbol of gentrification — bringing with it anxieties about cost-of-living increases and displacement. And yet others worry that the features disrupt the appearance and character of older blocks.

Bay windows “are absolutely reflective of the change that has happened in that [area] in the last 15 years or so,” said Patrick Grossi, advocacy director for the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. “They are an icon of that change, and maybe for a lot of people, they are an icon of unwelcome change

Wander over to the full thing if you want to read about all of the corruption. But I bet you have the drift by now.

More at Gateway Pundit

UPDATE: Couldn’t resist “Little Boxes” as it came to mind.


Want to bet the Mayor signs the bill?

14 Responses to “Phila to Ban “Gentrification Symbols” of Balconies and Bay Windows UPDATE!”

  1. Sunday Respite – “I’ll Be Seeing You” | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! Says:

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  2. Kid Says:

    Philadelphia, were 110% of potential voters all vote Democrat.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. JCscuba Says:

    Let’s hear it for the city of brotherly love.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pete Parks Says:

    Johnson is a victim of his own slave mentality. Once a slave, always a slave. Every time he hears a white talk all he hears is “boy”.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    Well. In their defense, those buildings *are* pretty d@mned ugly, not to mention obnoxiously overbearing. However there’s no reason newer buildings with bay windows and balconies couldn’t be developed that at least share stylistic appearance and respect for the buildings our ancestors found pleasing and many of us still do. Those are just horrendous.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Not sure if you are familiar with the area… The Graduate hospital area and surrounding area were not the areas of our founders such as Society Hill.. These were gritty worker bees homes mostly without parking. The Italian market area was at the time I lived in Phila, far from pleasing to the eye, and pretty much gangster land.. Good for great Italian food if that is your thing. As I commented, I was a pioneer living around Graduate hospital.Cheap and lived to tell about it, not because I had good sense.

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      • thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

        No I’m not familiar with the area. But those buildings are not pleasing to the eye either. There’s no grace or humanity about them. I mean, great, people are moving in that are able to pay the taxes for maintenance of the roads and schools, but those buildings are not conducive to people caring about the environment around them. Nor are they conducive to people wanting to spend time outside and interacting with their neighbors/community members.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I agree that the pic is not my idea of an improvement… There can be a plan for attractive buildings… But the issue goes broader… my experience is that re-development in the past winds up tearing down abandoned buildings and putting up low income housing which then turns back around.. What is at stake is that the redevelopment in these areas will not be turned back into low income housing but rather taxable housing with people who have jobs and will add to the tax base.
        Your points are well taken.


  6. Linda Says:

    {{banging head}} without some sort of Gentrification a town dies…just ask where I live–its sad, truly it is. Or in our case, the Railroad no longer stops and the floods destroyed everything in their wake. Now, when I speak about Gentrification, I am not meaning rich–but just redevelop what you have. I also know most folks don’t want it–but complain when the town dies. ANYWAYS—corruption is a big issue…always will be.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I was one of those early pioneers– read cheap living in a city when going to college- in this neigborhood. Other than almost costing me my life, it was a good deal.

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      • Linda Says:

        I will never move back to a city–Hornell only has 9,000 poor souls (lol)–and yep, they are afraid of improving. Stuck back in the past. But you know, there is something to leaving your keys in your car or not locking doors. Just saying. UNFORT. drugs are becoming a problem here. Of course, its swept under the carpet so to speak.

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