As a matter of fact, we do own these streets!

No matter where you live in the Lower Greenville area, one of the most common complaints you hear about is Parking.

It's not just the lack of it. What really gets people mad is having trouble parking in front of their own homes whenever they want. They don't remember signing off their parking spaces to drunk scumbar patrons who barf on their lawns.

Five years ago, City staff figured out that the scumbars needed nearly 1,500 off-premise free parking for their patrons (notice we did not say valet parking). But due to variances, double-dipping of parking lots, and outright lying about leased spaces, there was a 700+ space shortage. Can you guess where the scumbar patrons were parking???

Move forward a few years and subtract nearly 300 spaces because of construction (new developments like First Worthing on Greenville and numerous projects deeper in the neighborhoods), add a few rooftop patios on the bars (which under current City Code do not require any parking spaces) and poof - you have more complaints about scumbar patrons parking (and disturbing) residents three blocks or more deep into the neighborhoods than we know what to do with.

So now what?

Don't expect the City Council to require parking spaces for (future) rooftop construction - they have enough problems just keeping from getting indicted. Despite the comments coming from our Council reps, Lower Greenville (and Deep Ellum) are not priorities right now. They care more about high-profile feel-good issues like arts districts, tax abatements and zoning overlays than they do about issues impacting just a few thousand residents who may or may not vote for them come the next election.

There are at least two more bars in the planning stages on Lower Greenville. We have lost another retail tenant (Ragwear went to North Dallas), but we are getting another daytime retail tenant (Good Records) who will probably have no dibs to their parking spaces after 5 pm.

Don't expect anyone to enforce or care about current business parking requirements - it's not an issue that merits a look-at-us-doing-something-useful press release, like counting the number of dead animals picked up in the streets.

In the end, parking on your street is your problem - but you can solve it legally. The only way to take back your streets is by buying it back under the Resident Only Parking code.

For less than $350 per block (average estimated cost), you and your neighbors can completely control your street during those very same hours scumbar patrons need them most - almost any evening. All it takes is a petition signed by a majority of your neighbors, a survey done by the professional City parking experts (yeah, that's a hell of an oxymoron), and the installation of signs that proclaim - Get lost if you don't live here!

There are five ROP streets in the area. Visit 1900 Hope, 5700 Oram, 5500 Sears, or the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Summit. The difference is amazing. Go out any night and listen to the quiet (interrupted only the by occasional sound of a tow truck taking away the car of a scumbar patron who is old enough to drink but not old enough to read) on that street.

The scumbar owners don't like ROP because they know it means less scumbar patrons coming to Lower Greenville. They will tell you it's unfair because it's not their patrons parking on your street causing problems. And some have been known to arrange for the signs to disappear for a few months.

So would someone explain just what all these drunk people are doing on our streets at all hours??? These are our streets, so tell them to get lost legally!

BD has been assured by Central DPD that they are enforcing the ROP and No Parking zones, with the help of a Public Service Officer (PSO) who carries a large stack of parking tickets and the towing service number in his phone's speed dial.

You can read all about ROP and get copies of the forms you need by clicking on this link.

Until you get ROP, you can still take back your streets - If you live on a street that has No Parking on one side (as many of the narrower streets do), then simply pick up the phone and call 9-1-1. They will forward your information to the local DPD patrol and PSO, and very soon that car will either have a bright green ticket on the windshield or will be towed away.

Maybe we should offer prizes for streets that get the most cars towed each weekend???

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets