There’s more real estate available in Philly than you think; neighbors can buy their streets

    If you really love your block or really hate your neighbors, the City of Philadelphia offers a solution you might not have thought about.

    It’s not easy, but you can buy your street.

    Help Desk explains the process after it first investigated a Fishtown property owner who had extended a fence outside the apparent property line.
    Turns out that street has been private since the early ’60s, and though there are still some questions about whether the fence could interfere with public utilities, the street itself is private.

    And yes, in case you’re wondering — the city would have just as a hard time trying to buy a street back as the neighbors have privatizing it in the first place.

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