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Here comes the RPO train, whoo hoo, making another stop in Bishop Arts!

When we last visited those intrepid neighbors in Bishop Arts, they were just getting over the shock of losing their first Resident Parking Only zone. After weeks of pressure by Gloria's Jose Fuentes, the Oak Cliff Chamber and bitchy emails by David Spence (who claimed RPO was a racist, flood-causing freak of nature that had to be killed off), and with some assistance from Council Member Delia Jasso, the signs on 300 W. Nealy were unceremoniously removed by the City.

It's not a surprise at all. Kerry Elder, who is in charge of RPO installations, wimped out under the pressure of business owners thinking their customers have first dibs on residential parking spaces. He even admitted to one resident the media attention on RPO all over Dallas was making his job a little more difficult. Instead of going out to neighborhoods and promoting RPO as a way to save a street from crime, trash and noise, he's actively blocking every RPO application until the residents roll over and die.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Trader Joe's Lowest Greenville goes for Spring 2013 opening

In a story about the opening of Trader Joe's Fort Worth, Madison Partners (which owns the property), claims the store will still open in Spring 2013.

The developer of the Greenville Avenue store says it’s going to help revitalize one of Dallas’ older neighborhoods.

“Trader Joe’s is going to have a huge and positive impact on the revitalization of Lower Greenville,” said Jon Hetzel of Madison Partners. “We believe their presence in this location will benefit the whole East Dallas area.”

Madison Partners owns other buildings along Lower Greenville, and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is opening a block away later this year.

The store at 2001 Greenville Ave. will be built close to the sidewalk, and a small building on the site will be demolished to make room for parking. The property has room for additional uses, Hetzel said. “The proximity to Trader Joe’s has kindled a lot of interest from some very cool tenants.”

Madison Partners is also “actively working” on a food truck park as part of the overall project, he said.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Neighborhood residents uneasy about Skillman rezoning request

Stonelake Capital Partners, an Austin-based investment firm, is looking to rezone property it owns on the northeast corner of Skillman and Oram, across from Redenta's Garden.

Neighborhood resident Olive Talley has helped organize meetings between Stonelake representative Robert Baldwin and more than 20 neighbors to discuss the rezoning request. They have a lot of concerns because this particular block bumps right up to homes, she says.

Talley expressed concern that, among other things, a restaurant would be constructed atop the building. This type of development could lead to increased traffic, noise and parking issues, she says.

"We don't want this [neighborhood] to become another Lower Greenville Avenue," Talley says.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Terilli's, Dodie's and property owner respond to RPO on Vickery Blvd

After BD posted the story about the new Resident Parking Only zone on the 5700 block of Vickery Blvd., he recieved replies from the owners of Terilli's, Dodie's Reef and the property they occupy.

BD is posting those comments and any replies here for public review without comment. For the moment.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Lowest Greenville 2003

Way back in 2003, BD took a walk down Lowest Greenville Avenue, carrying a cheap little digital camera, to take a picture of every business on the street.

Some of these closed down pretty fast, and some made it throught the 2010 rezoning debacle. And yes, some of them were scumbars, and some were owned by people who cared about their customers and their community.

Nearly ten years later, do you remember any of them??

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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