Ryan Briggs Ryan Briggs is a staff writer and connoisseur of City Hall intrigue, business dealings, neighborhood gossip and local lore. Ryan has studied, worked and resided in Philadelphia since 2004, covering politics and development issues for Hidden City, Next City and Metropolis, amongst other fine publications.
Long vacant buildings on the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue
Due to a strange series of circumstances, I've written three feature-length articles that focused on the blighted 5000 and 5100 block of Baltimore Avenue over the last year and a half, all related to land-use issues. And I'm hardly alone.
I have rarely seen so much ink spilled over one little block or so many dysfunctional interests converging on one reasonably unremarkable geographic area. Hopefully, a meeting tonight, hosted by the civic group Cedar Park Neighbors, will address some of the interference that has kept this block vacant and decaying despite the efforts numerous well-intentioned people.
The meeting will address a controversial plan to expand a half-vacant medical center owned by a church, how the block fits into the city's development plan, and solicit community input on more desirable use of the ample city-owned land in the vicinity.
The public meeting begins around 6:30 p.m. tonight at the People's Baptist Temple, 5039 Baltimore Ave.
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