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Kingston and BACD go down in flames at Board of Adjustment hearing

If you have an hour to kill, listen to the BOA hearing on 5902 Goliad - click here!

The City's Board of Adjustment voted 3-2 late Thursday afternoon to deny the Belmont Addition's demand to overturn the building permit for the home under construction at 5902 Goliad Avenue. {Click here to see the Board's agenda, and jump to page 82}

After a presentation by Melissa Kingston / BACD, who said City Staff had to be contortionists to approve a structure similar to one they denied a year ago, and challenging definitions of what is a story and what isn't, the City Attorney made it very clear - Building Inspections followed every rule and then followed them again to make sure the structure met not just City Code but the Belmont Addition CD's rules.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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St. Patrick's Day 2013 - Parking maps

St Patrick's Day 2013 - Lower Greenville Parking / Traffic Maps by AviAdelman

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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TABC sales summaries

TABC sales summaries for select Lowest Greenville / Lower Greenville bars, prepared December 24, 2012.

TABC Sales Reports 12_24_12
By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart used payoffs to get its way in Mexico

By DAVID BARSTOW and ALEJANDRA XANIC von BERTRAB / Published: December 17, 2012

Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.

A preview of a New York Times investigation revealing bribery by Wal-Mart as it sought to build in the shadow of Mexico's most revered cultural landmark, the pyramids of Teotihuacán.

SAN JUAN TEOTIHUACÁN, Mexico — Wal-Mart longed to build in Elda Pineda's alfalfa field. It was an ideal location, just off this town's bustling main entrance and barely a mile from its ancient pyramids, which draw tourists from around the world. With its usual precision, Wal-Mart calculated it would attract 250 customers an hour if only it could put a store in Mrs. Pineda's field.

One major obstacle stood in Wal-Mart's way.

After years of study, the town's elected leaders had just approved a new zoning map. The leaders wanted to limit growth near the pyramids, and they considered the town's main entrance too congested already. As a result, the 2003 zoning map prohibited commercial development on Mrs. Pineda's field, seemingly dooming Wal-Mart's hopes.

But 30 miles away in Mexico City, at the headquarters of Wal-Mart de Mexico, executives were not about to be thwarted by an unfavorable zoning decision. Instead, records and interviews show, they decided to undo the damage with one well-placed $52,000 bribe.

The plan was simple. The zoning map would not become law until it was published in a government newspaper. So Wal-Mart de Mexico arranged to bribe an official to change the map before it was sent to the newspaper, records and interviews show. Sure enough, when the map was published, the zoning for Mrs. Pineda's field was redrawn to allow Wal-Mart's store.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Lower Greenville post office in East Dallas making way for new townhomes

By Steve Brown / Dallas Morning News / 10:55 am on December 17, 2012 | Permalink

The former post office was put up for sale this summer. (Photo from DMN files)

Custom builder LeComte Group has bought the vacant post office on Belmont Avenue near Lower Greenville Avenue. The post office has been closed for several months and was for sale this summer. The building that was constructed in the early 1990s will be torn down for a new townhouse development.

Builder Josh LeComte said he plans to construct 15 homes on the tract that is right across the street from the Vickery Towers seniors housing community. LeComte and other builders have been ramping up construction in East Dallas recently as the housing market has rebounded.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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