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Three words to save your sanity: Resident Parking Only

If you caught the late Friday evening News8 story about all the valet parking violations they (easily) found along Lower Greenvile, you also heard three little words that can solve the scumbar parking problem forever: Resident Parking Only.

The piece showed how the valets at Terelli's were using head-in parking spaces at Colonial Bank across the street without a city permit and were blocking two empty lots on Vickery so - gasp! - no one could get free parking. It could not show how you are forced to pay some kid with pimples to park your car in a space that is supposed to be free, as if they could tell you which spaces met the City's free and clear off-street parking requirement.

The story continued by showing how the residents on 5600 Vickery Boulevard, just yards away from Terelli's, took control of their street in 1999 using the City's Resident Parking Only ordinance. Yes, you too can buy peace and quiet for less than $400.

But in 2007, there are ways to get RPO on your street and possibly not have to pay for it.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Tales from the street... valet parking horror stories

After last week's Valet Gone Wild video, BD asked for your valet horror stories. He knew they were out there waiting to be told, and he was not disappointed.

These stories represent only the tip of the iceberg, and BD will post more as they come in.

There was one question that was repeated over and over:

Who do you call when you think the valet just screwed you, is parking on your street, is using public right of way without a permit, or is ripping you off?

The answer (in Dallas, at least) is:

Mr. Marcus Currie, Coordinator for Parking Management in the City's Public Works and Transportation; Phone number 214-671-8953, fax 214-670-4965, email

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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BD can't see Suede numbers. At least not yet...

The Texas Attorney General has issued a mixed-message ruling in response to an Open Records Request by BD for Suede's sales reports.

The City Auditor is using Suede's sales reports to determine if they are really operating as a bar, under the the City's 75/25 rule.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Tragedy and grace at an intersection

Written by Diana Souza, President of the Belmont Neighborhood Association (and a third-generation Lower Greenville resident)

Finally, when the rain paused at noon, I remembered I needed to go to the post office for stamps to mail my bills. Since the post office is close, and it was between rainstorms, I decided to walk. The three blocks between here and there are mostly trendy bars, one after another, plus a 7-Eleven store and a great big Whole Foods. I had just crossed the major avenue, right in front of 7-Eleven, and had walked about a quarter of a block when I heard a wrenching scream.

Turning around, I saw in the crosswalk where I myself had just crossed, a woman lying in the street, a car stopped inches from her, and one man already kneeling next to her, trying to see if she was alright. Of course, I headed back over to the crosswalk too, to see if I could help. To my shock, the poor woman had been hit by the car.... and she was very pregnant. She looked like one of the angelic types of Hispanics, recently migrated here from Mexico. There were no visible injuries, and she was able to communicate --in Spanish. But she was in a lot of pain, lying in the street, and very scared.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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The website has been online since late 1998. That means we have tons of articles, photos and graphics documenting changes along and around Lower Greenville.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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