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Melissa is damn excited BD's leaving Lowest Greenville

Update, Friday August 9 - Melissa deleted the email / post from the Belmont Addition page at early this morning.

BD has heard about Welcome Wagons for people who move into a neighborhood (if you move into Belmont Addition, prepare for a complete background check and financial review). But this is the first time he's seen someone get so excited about people moving out of a neighborhood.

Melissa Kingston, the Belmont Addition's Conservation District uber-Nazi who sued BD over domain names and Walmart last year, leader of a sub-cult called the Belmont Addition CD Enforcement Committee, and wife of newly-elected Councilman Weasel, could not wait to tell all her neighbors that BD was leaving Lowest Greenville.

However, she made one tiny mistake: BD got the email. Oops!

She did not know BD was a member of the Belmont Addition page. Melissa has refused to put BD back on the Belmont Addition's mailing list since (which she controls with an iron finger) last May, so she assumed BD was completely cut off from the neighborhood grid.

(Read Melissa's email after the jump)

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Blind Butcher combats old views of Greenville Avenue

By Blair Lovern / Culture Map Dallas

An update from the front in the War of Lowest Greenville: The forthcoming Blind Butcher restaurant can stay open until 2 am. Sort of.

On July 25, the Dallas City Plan Commission agreed with Blind Butcher's owners about the hours of operation for the inside and front patio. But it also accommodated some nearby residents regarding the hours on the back patio by decreeing that it shall close at midnight.

Therefore, on August 28, Blind Butcher owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling, who also own Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House, will ask the Dallas City Council to overrule the commission's recommendations about the back patio. That's also about when the Blind Butcher is scheduled to open.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Zubar on Greenville Avenue sent packing after lease disagreement

By Teresa Gubbins / Culture Map

After 18 years, Zubar, one of the longer running and by-now-beloved bars on Greenville Ave., will shut down on July 31, after a failure to come to terms on their lease.

Owner Stephen Tenney informed customers that landlord Andres Properties ordered them to vacate the premises by July 31.

[BD's translation - Andres already has a new tenant who has been drinking the Kool-Aid about Lowest Greenville's rebound and will pay double the rent we were paying.]

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Bullies: The Story of a SLAPP Suit Gone Wild / Allen Gwinn

What is a SLAPP suit? It stands for a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. How does it work? It is filed, well, by bullies usually in an attempt to shut someone up on an issue involving the public's interest.

As a wild example, let's use Walmart. Say Walmart was building a supermarket across the street from your house and, as an example, their parking lot lighting was perhaps not up to code. You're a contentious sort of person so you start making noise.

A lot of noise.

Eventually somebody sues you and abuses the legal system to torture and punish you--hoping to shut you up.

Thus the name SLAPP suit.

Because of the popularity of SLAPP suits, many states have adopted anti-SLAPP suit laws. Texas just adopted special legislation, addressing this problem, recently. Coined the Texas Citizens Participation Act it passed with unanimous support from both houses of the Texas Legislature.

Let's translate that: in a rare showing of complete unity, all Republicans and all Democrats supported it and voted to pass it.

But before we tell the story of the lawsuit, we need to introduce the personalities.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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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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