Point Breeze is abuzz with gossip and talk of change as gentrification continues to rile up residents.
The emergence of the Point Breeze Organizing Committee (PBOC), spearheaded by long-time residents Gary Broderick and Mindy Isser, spurred enough interest among concerned locals to organize a protest scheduled for Saturday, August 24th.
The protest, called “The March for Affordable Housing, Public Education, Jobs and Freedom,” targeted figures whom PBOC said are negatively affecting the community, including Mayor Nutter and OCF Realty owner Ori Feibush.
However, just hours before the protest, a surveillance video captured footage of a hooded figure throwing a rock through the OCF Coffeehouse located at 20th and Federal streets. The protest continued as scheduled but police are investigating the vandalism.
Feibush declined to comment on the protest but confirmed that police said they identified the vandal. Baristas from the coffee shop also declined to speak about the incident.
Pierce Jordan, 20, a Point Breeze resident who lives at 18th and Federal streets, said neighbors are still talking about the aftermath of the protest.
“I think it’s definitely something interesting, you know?” he said. “It’s a big issue around here that should be addressed. People need to be able to work at a job that pays them enough money to afford to live in their neighborhood.”