There won't be a bay window ban in Point Breeze after all

Pat Loeb
June 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Bay windows will not be banned in a Philadelphia neighborhood after all as the City Councilman who proposed the ban has withdrawn it. 

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said he was interested in historic preservation when he introduced a bill that would prohibit bay windows and balconies in Point Breeze. The area is rapidly gentrifying and the bill targeted new construction.

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But Johnson says he decided to take the summer to think about other ways to preserve the look of older streets and promote equitable development. 

"I also got feedback from a variety of different constituents just wanting me to take my time and look at, as we progress as a district, as a city, we find ways to blend the old with the new," he said.

His council colleagues chuckled a bit when he withdrew the bill. He said he wasn't sure why. But then laughed himself.