CAN ONE MAN who owns a blighted, vacant Germantown mansion on an otherwise beautiful block stymie every attempt by his long-suffering neighbors, the city's Department of Licenses & Inspections, the city Law Department and the much-ballyhooed Blight Court to make him fix it up?
Yes, he can. Tony Byrne has beaten the system upside the head.
All the mayor's horses and all the mayor's men cannot put Byrne's mansion together again.
After more than a dozen violation hearings in Blight Court - which is allegedly the muscle behind L&I's attempt to force Philadelphia's most negligent owners to fix their eyesore properties - Byrne's 11-bedroom mansion at Knox and Coulter streets still looks as if TV's Addams Family lives there.