Neighborhoods

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Make that 14 Resident Parking Only zones

BD's attitude towards the faux-Lower Greenville West NA is not a secret - he thinks they are a bunch of Luddites, five or six white guys claiming to represent an area that is mostly Hispanic. Thanks to them, CityVille was never allowed to be a real development, and they scared the Arcadia and Carnival folks into not building something really cool.

But rarely - very rarely - they do something right.

Case in point: The newest Resident Only Parking zone on Lower Greenville, #14, has been installed on the 5600 block of Richmond Avenue.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Neighborhood Matching Fund program - not just for DHL members

With absolute certainty, BD can state that going to Dallas City Hall is not something to get all excited about. Even for a DHL BootCamp.

It's not like back in Philadelphia, where a subway ride to Center City meant a 500 foot elevator ascent to the base of William Penn's statue on the top of an ornate and elaborate City Hall. No matter how many times we looked, BD never saw the face of Frank Rizzo on any of the gargoyles either.

The keynote speaker at the Saturday morning event was someone who will make you believe in the power of neighborhoods all over again. Jim Diers, formerly the director of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods, was speaking on a topic with a long name and a deep impact - Neighborhood Matching Fund.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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City won't release Code Compliance documents because...?

At Dallas City Hall, Cover Your Ass is more than a mantra, it's a way of life. If there is something they don't you to see, it just won't get released.

In 2000, the City would not release the name of the City Council member who asked for legal opinions on how to shut down activist websites like BarkingDogs, Dallas.org and DallasArena. Turned out to be none other than Mary Poss, no surprise there.

They stonewalled Dallas.org when he asked for credit card records, but eventually those files were released.

But BD has to admit he was just a little surprised to find a letter from the City Attorney telling him they would not release the results of a Code Compliance survey of Lower Greenville businesses and their questionable Certificates of Occupancy. And to make sure BD never sees the reports, they are asking the Attorney General to make it official.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Whisky Bar's Slaughter proves he's an aggressive and dangerous butthead

Whisky Bar's Jim Slaughter has never denied having a perpetual you-know-what for BD and other neighborhood activists around Lower Greenville.

Ever since Slaughter was busted years ago for not having working toilets or hot water, or having bugs doing the Macarena in the well liquor, there's not a damn thing he hasn't tried in order to intimidate people he flat out just does not like.

He's posted BD's phone number on the front door of the bar, telling folks it's BD's fault people cannot dance in his bar, encouraging them to call and complain - which they did at 4am. And when BD started prosecuting these drunken fools, the calls stopped really fast.

Slaughter has left amazingly long voicemails for BD, decrying him for not respecting hardworking upstanding Americans trying to make a living out here and calling BD an illegal immigrant (Slaughter believes BD is a Jewish wetback just because he lived in Israel nearly thirty years ago).

Last year he told the DMN that his own saintly mother had to convince him not to sue BD in order to shut down this website.

On Sunday evening, Slaughter proved he is an absolutely dangerous - yet stupid - asshole.

Once again, BD sincerely regrets not carrying his pepper spray can every single time he walks out on Lower Greenville.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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St. Martin's Wine Bistro disses the wrong dog

It's no secret that the owner of St. Martin's Wine Bistro is not BD's biggest fan. BD has been busting their chops over their screwy valet parking service using the empty lot across the street on Marquita for so-called overflow parking - for the past ten years.

This is not a new issue: BD has email in his archives citing how Phil Cobb, who originally owned the Rose and St. Martin's, wanted to have the land rezoned for parking lots in 1993. That would also be the last time Lower Greenville NA had a spine and supported the residents in their own neighborhood.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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