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Inside Pre-Meeting Meeting with businesses on proposed Lowest Greenville rezoning

Dallas Observer's Unfair Park

Late last week, the newly formed Lowest Lower Greenville Avenue Business Association requested a meeting with council member Angela Hunt and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano to discuss their proposed plan to rezone

Lower Greenville Avenue as a Planned Development District. The LLGABA and the Greenville Avenue Restaurant Association were hoping to get together with the city folks in advance of the planned July 29 public meeting where Hunt, Medrano and other city staff will present plans for the PD to Lower Greenville residents, business owners and property owners.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement

A little parking sanity is coming to Henderson Avenue

With all the attention on the parking issues around Henderson Avenue (or as we like to call it, Lowest Greenville 1998), you get the feeling you've seen this before.

About 20 years ago, M Streets residents complained about the loss of parking on their streets. And poof, the Dallas Fire Department came along and designated a whole bunch of streets as One Side No Parking. The rule is simple - if a big firetruck can't put its support pads out without crushing a car, the signs go up.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement
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Having a Pepper Ball on Lowest Greenville early July 4. Was that really necessary, officer? (Updated!)

UPDATE 7.6.2010 - In an interview with CW33 News, DPD Chief Vincent Golbeck (Central Division) apologized to patrons who were injured in the pepperball dust-up incident on Sunday morning. DPD concedes the officer, Terry Strickland, should not have been carrying the pepperball gun on Lowest Greenville and will likely face disciplinary action. DPD protocol allows the use of this weapon only to assist an officer having difficulty subduing a person for arrest, or to break a large mob without officers getting into the fight.

 

By Daniel Rodrigue / Dallas Unfair Park

I spent Saturday night -- and the wee small hours of Sunday morning -- riding shotgun with a certain Barking Dog as he kept watch over his favorite "scumbars," he likes to call them. And I got a little more than I'd bargained for: a nose and throat fill of pepper courtesy the Dallas Police Department -- specifically, one officer who fired some 13 rounds of "pepper balls" over the heads of patrons who were simply leaving a few of the so-called bad bars on the west side of Lowest Greenville. It was just after the clubs' 2 a.m. close, and as the plastic of the red pepper balls shattered against the facade of 180 Degrees, the remnants of which you can see above, they rained a white powdery cloud of the irritant on to the crowd.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement

Hunt recognizes BelmontNA, but won't let that stand in the way of haters in other NA's during rezoning discussions

Lowest Greenville neighborhood associations blocking full participation for BelmontNA with Angela Hunt's implausible deniability

The past few weeks have been abuzz with comments about Angela Hunt's plans (with CM Pauline Medrano) to rezone specific areas of Lowest Greenville and require businesses open late to have permits. (link - Lower Greenville's Future). Though this concept - the most significant proposal since the 2000 Lower Greenville Land Use Study (shot down and stomped on by LGNA) has been discussed in secret with Ms Hunt and City Attorneys for nearly a year, the recent tragic fire on March 2nd that consumed Terilli's, Mick's, Greenville Bar & Grill and Hurricane Grill moved the topic to the front burner.

Councilmember Pauline Medrano and I have proposed a special zoning district for Lowest Greenville that would require businesses that want to stay open past a certain time — say 11:30 p.m. or midnight — to get a special permit. That’s it.

The permit can be granted for several years for known businesses that haven’t caused problems, or it can be granted on an annual basis for those businesses that are new, unknown quantities. Or it can be denied for bars that cause problems weekend after weekend. And even those bad operators won’t have to shut down; they’ll just have to close their doors at 11:30 p.m. or midnight.

We believe this will bring some balance back to Lowest Greenville and encourage a better quality and mix of businesses.

As she gets ready to go offline in a few weeks for the arrival of a baby girl (mazel tov!), Ms Hunt is holding a series of informational meetings and discussions with the boards of neighborhood associations, the property owners and even business owners to get their reactions, comments or outright fawning motions before a big public meeting of residents in June.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement
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Cronkite is why I studied journalism in college...

By Greg Kandra, CBS News

(CBS) Walter Cronkite, who personified television journalism for more than a generation as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News," has died Friday night in New York. He was 92.

Known for his steady and straightforward delivery, his trim moustache, and his iconic sign-off line -"That’s the way it is" - Cronkite dominated the television news industry during one of the most volatile periods of American history. He broke the news of the Kennedy assassination, reported extensively on Vietnam and Civil Rights and Watergate, and seemed to be the very embodiment of TV journalism.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement