The Lower Greenville Wal-Mart Is a Terrible Neighbor

By Eric Nicholson Tue., Sep. 9 2014 / Dallas Observer / 2:00 PM

Neighbors never exactly embraced Wal-mart's plans to build a Neighborhood Market on Lower Greenville. Suspicious of the chain's ability to integrate into an urban neighborhood, particularly one as fastidious as Lower Greenville, their opposition was close to unanimous, the only variation being in the intensity of their anti-Wal-mart sentiment.

Leaders of the surrounding neighborhood associations -- Belmont, Greenland Hills, Vickery Place, Lower Greenville and Lowest Greenville West -- also realized they didn't have much choice. The zoning was in place and the landlord, former City Councilman Mitchell Rasansky, could lease the property to whomever he chose. Their only option was to band together and wring what concessions they could out of the world's largest retailer, which they did.

Melissa Kingston, an attorney who lives two blocks from the Wal-mart, led negotiations on behalf of the neighborhood groups.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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On Lowest Greenville, payback is a bitch...

One of the biggest reasons BD left Lowest Greenville was the construction of a Neighborhood Walmart across the street from his house (yes it was legal, in a space formerly used by Whole Foods and Blockbuster Video, but it was still a WalMart, for god's sake).

The other was due to the lawsuit foisted on BDby HRH Melissa Kingston, spouse of current city council rep HRH Phillip Kingston. She sued BD into the next City Council district because he dared to oppose her unchallenged rule over the neighborhood, and would not love and embrace WalMart.

Imagine his shock, absolute shock, to see an email from a neighbor in the area quote HRH and her fight - yes, a fight! - with that same lovely WalMart. The message was posted on NextDoor.com for Belmont Addition, but was shared with NextDoor.com neighborhoods in the area, hence its delivery to BD.

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Avi Adelman is on a crusade to squash DART's No-Pictures policy, and it's (sort of) working

By Eric Nicholson / Dallas Observer / Unfair Park

Moving away from Lower Greenville last summer, longtime neighborhood activist Avi Adelman could have turned over a new leaf. The camera he used to shove in the faces of drunk teenagers and public urinators could have been stowed in his closet. He could have quietly pulled the plug on Barkingdogs.org and traded the life of a semi-professional activist/troll for one of monk-like solitude on the leafy streets of Junius Heights.

He didn't. Adelman isn't really cut out for serene contemplation. And though his new digs are far from the strip of bars and restaurants dedicated himself to patrolling, the move has given him the freedom to lock on to other targets. Like Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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Nat'l Press Photographers Assn. replies to Dallas Police Assn's 'no right to photograph cops' demand

DPD Chief Brown affirms public's right to photograph and record



Last week, the president of the Dallas Police Association told CBS DFW he did not think the public had a right to photograph officers working on the street.

This quote - and the story - went viral, for good reason...

Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston wants citizens to stop taping because he worries someone will get hurt. “It’s creating a major officer safety issue,” he said. “We don’t know who it is pulling behind us. We don’t know they’re there to videotape, they might be part of… if that guy has has just done a kidnapping they could be part of the kidnapping. You don’t know.”

Early Monday morning, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, sent a letter to DPD Chief David Brown, stating:

Such ill-informed statements only underscore the apparent lack of understanding or respect by those officers who still have the erroneous belief that they can order people to stop taking pictures or recording in public. Interference and in some cases arrests stemming from those actions have led to a number of court cases resulting in: six-figure settlements, new policies and procedures and sometimes serious disciplinary actions against the officers involved.

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Dallas police officers warned about civilian camera encounters

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police are putting out a warning to some of their own people. Members of the DPD staff are being told about an officer’s encounter with a woman who was following him with a video camera. The woman, like so many others, is part of a movement to keep an eye the police.

Now some officers say the tactics of those shooting video could put lives in jeopardy.

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