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.

Click here for the complete story at CBS News

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

It was a nasty weekend on Lower Greenville...

The Dallas Police Department reported three armed/aggravated robberies, a knife cutting, and bunch of arrests for stupid stuff this weekend.

There was an armed robbery early Friday morning in the BelmontNA area of Lowest Greenville. According to DPD Offense Report 0177460-W, 28-year-old Jo Yea of Carrollton and another witness were robbed at gunpoint by an unknown suspect at 230am near the corner of Matilda and Prospect.

But that's not all...

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement
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This is a stick-up! April Fools - not

BD is wondering about the sensibilities of your average armed robber in Dallas. Why go to all the effort of robbing someone on Lower Greenville on a weeknight, when the big money is out here on the weekends.

Maybe it was this guy's idea of a bad April Fools joke, but two victims are not laughing.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement
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POS gets busted for BMV thanks to an alert neighbor

The hottest crime in Dallas right now is BMV - Burglary of a motor vehicle. In the Lower Greenville area, DPD spends untold resources on trying to catch these guys in our neighborhood.

So it's really cool to hear one of these POS's (click here for definition of POS) was busted just minutes after breaking into a car on the Good Records parking lot. It's super cool to know that a local resident helped the DPD arrest his sorry ass.

Details are still coming in, so here is what we have... (and it's subject to tweaking later).

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