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How Shitty Can The Management at The Piazza Get? According To This: REALLY SHITTY.

UPDATE:  PYT owner Tommy Up shares his views about the Piazza fencing and netting that went up last weekend…

Two pictures show Tommy Up’s PYT restaurant has been fenced in and tarped up.  Did PYT close?  Wassup with that?

A bombshell hits Phillyspeaks in the form of this post offers one possible explain:

It seems that Kushner is up to his tricks at making life a nightmare for tenants so he can profit. His latest idiocy is the purchase of The Piazza and Liberties Walk, where he seems to be intent on making it a living hell to do business and live in The Piazza.

So far it seems that they’ve been going through every letter of every lease and deciding that some tenants didn’t pay certain fees or whatnot, thereby making every payment late through the years, amounting to 10′s of thousands of dollars they are threatening tenants over.

Then they’ve gotten as catty as to threaten PYT just because they put up a new tv.

This weekend crap hit the fan, when they attempted to extort $10,000 out of each business for this weekend’s Forbes concert and party. If they didn’t pay?(which none did) They got their businesses fenced and tarped so that no one could get in! They even fenced and tarped the back streets so that no one could get in.

We’ve seen a lot of tenants leave both The Piazza and Liberties Walk since both creations went up just a few years ago.  A lot.  I’m pretty sure not 100% of the departures are all the tenants’ fault.

Heading over to PYT’s Facebook page I haven’t seen word on the fencing and the tarp, but there is mention of the TV…

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Seems like the drama llama has once again paid a visit to Tommy Up.   We’ve put feelers out to Kushner Properties to see if they can clarify what’s going on.  Whatever their response is, if we get one, we’ll run it.

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Everyday Feminism: How You Too Can Deal With the Guilt of Living In a Gentrified Neighborhood

Everyday Feminism is a dark corner of self-ascribed guilt on the Internet, kinda-like BuzzFeed meets Ms. and Jezebel.  So of course there’s the usual types of posts you would expect on its site…

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Click bait

But that’s not why I’m cross-linking you to them today.  I love you and I wouldn’t want to torture you like that.   What I’m bringing you is EF’s 9 Ways Privileged People Can Reduce the Negative Impact of Gentrification.

EF goes to lengths to avoid mentioning the one thing you can do other than live in your gilded condo wracking yourself with grief:  sell your real-estate at a great loss and abandon the neighborhood.   That will surely return the neighborhood to the state it was before you came in, overbid, and helped push real estate values higher.

As long as you stay, you’re stealing some poor indigent person’s grandmother’s teeth in the middle of the night and dumping her body in the river so you can use her house to create jewelry to sell on Etsy.

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People Who Only Support the First Amendment If It’s Speech They Agree With Now Have a Sad

The Cray-Cray True Isrealites

The Cray-Cray True Israelites [Cred: DN]

We predicted this would go down badly ages ago, but PA Superior Court finally has had their say:  The First Amendment protects speech you don’t like.  What a shocker.  [Philly.com]

Sorry, Shops at Liberty Place.

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We’re You Not Able to Get to PDQ Yesterday? We Had Some Drama

If you tried to access the site in the last 24 hours while it was down, could you please contact philadelinquency@gmail.com?  We are trying to find out if you came to our site but were not able to reach it and whether you came from a link or you directly dialed to our website.

Shoot us an e-mail with “YO, YOU DOWN” in the subject line.

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Club Aura LOLsuit Might End Up In Front of a Federal Jury as Northern Liberties Neighbors, PDQ Fight Back

LOLsuit (n.) - A lawsuit that makes the plaintiff look even worse after filing it

LOLsuit (n.) – A lawsuit that makes the plaintiff look even worse after filing it

Last year this LOLsuit was filed against Philadelinquency by Marc Stein-owned Club Aura, a nuisance* nightclub that was ruining the lives of neighbors on the block of Front and Fairmount with late-night raucous let-outs, overtly loud sound systems, a documented stabbing and shooting and a penchant for operating illegally after it had been candy-striped by the Department of Licenses and Inspections, twice.

In retaliation against neighbors in Northern Liberties complaining about the club, Marc Stein sued a large group of neighbors living next to his club, the City, the Police, the 6th District police captain, a Phila. Police Dept. sergeant and the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association and its president. For good measure, he also tossed in this blog and Philebrity for reporting what happened.

The basis for Mr. Stein’s suit centered on a theory that everyone who complained about the club was engaged in a racially-motivated conspiracy to get rid of it.  What evidence did Mr. Stein produce that revealed a racial conspiracy existed?  None.  It seems like Marc Stein never used a Magic Google™ Machine to see that NLNA has had beefs with all sorts of establishments that don’t play nice.

Stein’s lawsuit is a classic example of SLAPPStrategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.   In a SLAPP lawsuit the plaintiff filing the lawsuit doesn’t really care about winning so much as causing all the defendants to rack up legal bills defending themselves from the suit, which is what is happening here.  SLAPP suits helped bring about the demise of the Old City Civic Association.

During a recent court-ordered deposition, Stein was asked to read and validate a litany of police reports involving Club Aura and could not describe what was written about him on PDQ that was precisely defamatory.  Several negative comments were made about Club Aura on its Yelp page, but Stein chose not to add Yelp as a defendant.  Stein also admitted on the record that he continues to have live DJs at Club Aura even though Aura does not possess a Special Assembly Occupancy License, which is a requirement for most nightclubs in the city.  Stein continues to maintain that he possesses a temporary SAOL permit, although no such thing exists with respect to Aura.

Club Aura still does the Live DJ thing apparently, even though it has an SAOL permit

Club Aura apparently still does the live DJ thing, even though it has no SAOL permit for it

Filing frivolous lawsuits can have consequences.  I have spent a lot of money defending myself against Marc Stein’s lawsuit, as have the other defendants.  Both Philadelinquency and the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association are fighting back and have filed counterclaims seeking $350,000 compensation (each) for abusing the legal process in Mr. Stein’s attempt to drain us of cash.  SLAPP suits tend to become costly as each court filing is added on top of a growing pile.  As Pennsylvania does not have an anti-SLAPP law, this makes it easy for plaintiffs to exhaust their defendants.  It also puts a chilling effect on public speech, as critical reporting is hushed just due to the fear of a SLAPP suit.

In order to stop this nightmare I am making preparations for a jury trial in Federal court next year.

Even after Mr. Stein’s lawsuit is over, it will not stop there.   As I write this, PDQ’s legal department is putting together a separate new lawsuit against Marc Stein (personally) and Club Aura under Pennsylvania’s Dragonetti Act, which allows victims of baseless frivolous lawsuits to turn the tables and pursue those who have sued them.

When neighbors complained about Club Aura’s noise and its let-outs, Club Aura’s response was to sue its neighbors and claim they are all racists.  When Club Aura was candy-striped the first time, they tried to scratch the L&I placard off the building while its violation was still outstanding.  Club Aura went to Common Pleas court hoping to get around L&I by seeking a court-ordered SAOL permit, which was not only shot down by Judge Idee Fox, but she ordered the DJ booth removed, stop the dancing and to operate as it was permitted: as a bar and restaurant.  Essentially: everyone else is to blame for Club Aura’s problems, except Club Aura.

This feeble attempt to use the Federal courts to shut a civic association and neighbors up who have a right to speak and also myself for writing about it, shall not stand.

Club Aura – Marc Stein – Defendant Counterclaims

* I have to point out here that I use the word nuisance in its colloquial form as understood by laypeople; not some official City-contrived declaration as the lawyers involved in the case have been bickering over my use of that word.

Philadelinquency is represented by the best First Amendment defense team in America:  A. Jordan Rushie and Marc J. Randazza, of the Randazza Legal Group.

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