"The Future Is Hard to Determine" and other things learned on Lower Greenville last night
Dallas Observer - May 19, 2010
Minutes after the Dallas Independent School District adjourned the town hall meeting over at O.M. Roberts, I headed the two miles north to my neck of the woods for a meeting of the Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association at the recently opened Watel's World Piece Café. According to the May/June newsletter that landed on porches in LGNA's territory a few weeks back, last night's meeting of the LGNA was to include the election of seven posts to the board, as well as offer attendees the chance to hear a presentation on Angela Hunt and Pauline Medrano's proposal for a Lowest Greenville planned development district that would apply to a less-than-mile-long stretch of Greenville Avenue between Bryan Street and Belmont Avenue.
Invasion of the hood
View from the Canary Perch / Diana Souza's blog
Unfortunately, the ground of my sanctuary has shifted. The city has allowed an entertainment district to take root here, only one block away from me on Greenville Avenue. For many years, the Avenue was known for its antique shops, vintage clothing stores and restaurants. These businesses created a mellow atmosphere on the avenue and were harmonious with the surrounding residential area. Then the owners of the properties on the Avenue realized how much more money they could make if they rented to bars instead. That realization brought the guillotine down on the long-established businesses in the area, and spawned the infestation of about 40 bars into a scant 4-block area. The crime exploded, as did the noise, traffic and litter.
In East Dallas, HOAs care if you're an a**hole
East Dallas really is cool, if you get past the B-O-L-O-G-N-A
Dallas Observer - November 22, 2007
So if East Dallas is Cool Dallas, then everybody in East Dallas must be cool with each other, right? But in fact it's a strange law of human nature that nobody gets more un-cool with each other than cool people.
Yeah, and that is exactly what I am telling myself this evening as I sit here in a very uptight, closed-door, military-style tribunal of some kind held to determine the burning East Dallas question of all East Dallas questions:
Barking Dog still on the prowl
Dallas Morning News - June 25, 2006
Troublemaker. Party pooper. Media hound. He's been called all of them, and much worse.
But Avi Adelman's supporters say he is a guerrilla fighter crusading for residents' rights. He's an online muckraker aiming his computer and his 911 dialing finger at "scumbars" and drunken revelers stumbling toward their yards. His critics – and there are many – say the self-described "barking dog" of Lower Greenville Avenue is a rabid self-promoter in need of a muzzle, a jerk whose tactics disrupt the neighborhood. After laying low for a spell, Mr. Adelman popped back into full view last month when he was ticketed for 911 abuse after calling in a noise complaint. Later, a police officer was fired for sending him a taunting e-mail laced with profanity, and the ticket was dismissed.
Circlin' round the chief
Dallas Observer - March 10, 2005
Last night, about 35 members of the newly forged Belmont Neighborhood Association came together to talk with--and at--DPD's Head Finest, Chief Kunkle, about the fact that crime is shitty, bars are loud and parking blows for those who live near Lowest Greenville. Total shock, right?
Dallas neighborhood takes new tack
Dallas Morning News - February 18, 2003
Residents around the lowest part of Greenville Avenue have long worked toward a clean and quiet neighborhood.
They've tried fighting City Hall. They've butted heads with bar and restaurant owners and accosted club patrons urinating in their yards. And they've made lots of people angry with their Web site of neighborhood activism.
Now, they're trying a more conventional approach: a neighborhood association.