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DART bus driver purposely spooks carriage horse in Highland Park

A Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus driver decided that his lowly existence as a bus driver was not bad enough, so he thought it might be fun to see if he could spook a Highland Park carriage ride horse by tooting his horn.

He did, and it did.

A horse-drawn carriage taking visitors around the Christmas light displays in Highland Park wrecked out in the shopping center at Fitzhugh and Oak Lawn on Sunday evening after a DART bus driver honked his horn in what many witnesses described as a deliberate attempt to spook the horses.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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The Lower Greenville Wal-Mart Is a Terrible Neighbor

By Eric Nicholson Tue., Sep. 9 2014 / Dallas Observer / 2:00 PM

Neighbors never exactly embraced Wal-mart's plans to build a Neighborhood Market on Lower Greenville. Suspicious of the chain's ability to integrate into an urban neighborhood, particularly one as fastidious as Lower Greenville, their opposition was close to unanimous, the only variation being in the intensity of their anti-Wal-mart sentiment.

Leaders of the surrounding neighborhood associations -- Belmont, Greenland Hills, Vickery Place, Lower Greenville and Lowest Greenville West -- also realized they didn't have much choice. The zoning was in place and the landlord, former City Councilman Mitchell Rasansky, could lease the property to whomever he chose. Their only option was to band together and wring what concessions they could out of the world's largest retailer, which they did.

Melissa Kingston, an attorney who lives two blocks from the Wal-mart, led negotiations on behalf of the neighborhood groups.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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On Lowest Greenville, payback is a bitch...

One of the biggest reasons BD left Lowest Greenville was the construction of a Neighborhood Walmart across the street from his house (yes it was legal, in a space formerly used by Whole Foods and Blockbuster Video, but it was still a WalMart, for god's sake).

The other was due to the lawsuit foisted on BDby HRH Melissa Kingston, spouse of current city council rep HRH Phillip Kingston. She sued BD into the next City Council district because he dared to oppose her unchallenged rule over the neighborhood, and would not love and embrace WalMart.

Imagine his shock, absolute shock, to see an email from a neighbor in the area quote HRH and her fight - yes, a fight! - with that same lovely WalMart. The message was posted on NextDoor.com for Belmont Addition, but was shared with NextDoor.com neighborhoods in the area, hence its delivery to BD.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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The bars on Henderson Avenue, and Skillman/Live Oak, are making lots of money too

Last evening, BD posted sales reports for bars/restaurants along Lower Greenville Avenue. And, can you believe it, people got mad.

They were not mad because he posted the reports (like BD gives a flying f-ck that some bar owner thinks it's not of our business). They were mad because he did not include the bars/restaurants on Henderson Avenue, or at the Skillman/Live Oak corner (aka, Lowest Greenville Redux).

Not a problem. Here are those reports. And since many of these folks have never been subject to BD's intense review, let's repeat the mantra: Too bad.

Reports are based on sales reports submitted by the licensee to the State Comptroller and compiled by an independent service. Reports submitted by TABC-licensed businesses with an MB classification are not confidential and are considered public records. These reports are through November 2013, or the latest month for that business to submit a sales tax report in 2013, plus the previous year.

Read all the reports after the jump...

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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How much booze did your favorite bar sell in 2013?

It's that time of the year again. Time to see how much money your favorite Lower Greenville bar or restaurant earned in mixed beverage/beer/wine sales, versus how much they told you they lost while trying to stay in business.

Reports are based on sales reports submitted by the licensee to the State Comptroller and compiled by an independent service. Reports submitted by TABC-licensed businesses with an MB classification are not confidential and are considered public records. These reports are through November 2013, or the latest month for that business to submit a sales tax report in 2013, plus the previous year.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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