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In Uptown, residents square off against restaurants and saloons over parking

By Brantley Hargrove / Unfair Park

There's trouble brewing in the land of lofts, bros and trolleys. Owners of Uptown spots such as Thomas Ave. Beverage Company, The Nodding Donkey and Si Tapas say they're getting squeezed by irascible homeowners who've had whole swaths of Thomas Avenue and Allen Street designated for residents only, leaving patrons with nowhere nearby to park. And they're afraid it's going to get worse.

"This thing is going to spread all around Uptown, which is gonna be terrible for business," says TABC owner Russell Hayward. "We've been trying to be cooperative and conciliatory, but they're just trying to shut us down."

McKinney Avenue-area establishments like TABC don't have big asphalt lots to accommodate patrons, so they're zoned for street parking. "The intent of that is to rely on the neighborhood for street parking," Hayward says. "The reason they did that was to entice people like me to open businesses where there is no parking. That was fine for 17 years.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Parking in Dallas' Uptown more of a challenge [thanks to Resident Parking Only]

by MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

DALLAS - Troy Parker thought he hit the jackpot when he found a parking spot on Allen Street in Dallas' Uptown neighborhood, but he soon noticed the new signs posted on the popular strip.

"5 p.m. to 2 a.m. - We are right in that window, aren't we?" Parker said. "I will be looking for [the signs.]"

One said of the 2300 block of Allen made the switch last December after homeowners on the street took their concerns to the city. The section is now zoned residential parking - permit required, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m, every day of the week.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Here's what happens when you ignore Resident Parking Only signs

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Just another brick off the wall...

The US Geological Survey reports a very mild earthquake rattled the Dallas area last evening. The report puts the epicenter somewhere near Greenville, Texas, but BD thinks that might be a typo and it was in fact centered on Lowest Greenville.

About the same time as the earthquake, an apparently intoxicated young man (reported to be 17 years old) was driving northbound on Summit Avenue in a pick-up truck when he careened into a house (luckily unoccupied) on the northeast corner of Bell Street, taking out the stop sign on the sidewalk. His vehicle hit the front wall near the door, causing a whole bunch of bricks to fall on the hood and windshield.

The driver pulled into reverse, backing out into the path of another car going south on Summit Avenue (which was able to swerve out of the way), then drove east on Bell Street towards Greenville Avenue. Luckily, before he could enter the busy traffic, two flat tires brought the truck to a standstill in front of the tattoo parlor about half-way down the block.

The official DPD report is not yet posted, but BD understands the driver was taken into custody after an on-site accident investigation. Friends of the homeowner came out to help remove valuables and seal the house pending repairs.

Note the bottle of Jack Daniels on top of the truck over the drivers' side - it was empty.

More photos of the incident can be found here.


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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Neighborhood alert goes out after violent rape reported near Henderson / Capitol

A violet crime alert is going out to neighbors around Lowest Greenville and Henderson Avenue communities after a violent rape and assault was reported Monday morning.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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