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Fox Chase gets expansion OK

Following a linkurl:lengthy dispute;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53902/ with community residents, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia got approval from the city council last night (December 13) on its master plan for an $800 million expansion. According to linkurl:Fox Chase's website,;http://www.fccc.edu/news/2007/IDD-12-14-07.html this is the first of two ordnances to get approval. The next step - and the point of contention with opponents - will be to get the council's approva

By | December 14, 2007

Following a linkurl:lengthy dispute;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53902/ with community residents, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia got approval from the city council last night (December 13) on its master plan for an $800 million expansion. According to linkurl:Fox Chase's website,;http://www.fccc.edu/news/2007/IDD-12-14-07.html this is the first of two ordnances to get approval. The next step - and the point of contention with opponents - will be to get the council's approval to transfer 19 acres of a city park over to Fox Chase. Fox Chase expects that vote in January.
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April 14, 2008

The "OK" that was given to the Fox Chase Cancer Center to expand at its current location, onto neighboring and historic Burholme Park, was for all intents and purposes 100% illegal. Not only is the expansion proposal fully outside the range of what the U.S. Constitution allows for, but it's also in full violation of both the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter and the terms of the 1854 Consolidation. Last but certainly not least, it is in total violation of the Ryerss will, which protects Burholme Park and assures that it is to be preserved as open green space forever. Short of such things as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling plus additional amendments to the Constitution, a citywide vote on changing the Charter, and a Constitutional basis for voiding the Ryerss will, the Fox Chase Cancer Center cannot proceed with its expansion -- legally. Furthermore, no sitting politician is permitted to support it short of it being an act of treason.\n\nThe recent rulings by Philadelphia City Council, plus the votes of the Philadelphia Fairmount Park Commission, which has guardian jurisdiction over Burholme Park, were not in any way valid in light of existing law. Meaning that if this expansion proceeds it will be none other than an act of war upon the United States by a misguided medical institution that has has far better options to choose from than attempting to expand where it is now, and it fully knows this.\n\nThis is a very dangerous and fully unethical situation unfolding here and should be decried by every upstanding leader throughout the global scientific community. For it's not just a matter of losing an historic park if this illegal expansion occurs. The existing infrastructure, already overstrained, could not even begin to support an expansion of this magnitude without the consequences being totally devastating to the residential communities around it for an enormous radius. When I first learned of this expansion proposal roughly four years ago, I thought for sure it had to be a misprint, a hoax.

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