In this issue: Property taxes getting you down?, St. Pat’s events, LGNA annual meeting, Meet the Central Division Chief, Lowest Greenville construction progress, Stonewall additions, and more.
Once again we’ll see St. Patrick’s festivities on Lower Greenville, but this year the celebration will be the Saturday after St. Patrick’s rather than the traditional Saturday before St. Pat’s. The Lower Greenville block party, the Upper Greenville parade, and all associated events will this year be on Saturday, March 19. For more details, see other posts on this site.
Since December, Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association volunteers have been working with City staff, the Dallas Police Department, other neighborhood associations, and local businesses to lessen the negative impact on our residential area.
Temporary no-parking signs will be posted by neighborhood volunteers on Thursday evening, March 17, but enforcement will not begin until Saturday morning.
If you normally park on the street, plan ahead because no-parking signs will be posted on one side of the street. Police make no exceptions for residents, and folks on several blocks have had difficulty parking in front of their own residences in previous years.
Don’t forget about businesses on Lowest Greenville south of Belmont. The City has promised that sidewalks will remain undisturbed until after St. Pat’s, so please consider patronizing the businesses on Greenville south of Belmont. The massive construction has negatively impacted every business, so why not make an effort to go by and get a pizza, sandwich, t-shirt, or a nice meal over the weekend. Or maybe spend the afternoon strolling and shopping. These businesses supported the Lower Greenville area when they took a chance to open a business in the area. Let’s help them out.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and celebration on Lower Greenville will take place this year on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The City has coordinated efforts with the Dallas Police, neighborhood residents, special events office, code, sanitation, parking enforcement, event sponsors, Councilmember Philip Kingston, and others to limit the impact of these events on our Lower Greenville neighborhoods. LGNA included a special flyer with details about the event in its newsletter delivered recently.
This map shows where the “No Parking” restrictions will be in place. Temporary “No Parking” signs will be installed on one side of neighborhood streets. While temporary signs will be posted on Thursday, enforcement will not begin until Saturday. Resident Parking Only is in effect all day Saturday. On streets with Resident Parking Only (RPO), those with the appropriate RPO placards will be allowed to park any time.
Tow trucks will be queued to tow according to the following priority: blocked intersections, blocked driveways, no parking zones. **Please note that ANY vehicle parked in a No Parking, No Standing zone or one that is creating a safety issue will be subject to towing at owner’s expense. Parking enforcement will be patrolling 9am-2am.
On Thursday night, Jan 29th there was a robbery at Greenville/Ellsworth about 1:40am (Friday morning) Suspects were described as 2 black males, around 5’10”, one in a red jacket, another in a grey jacket. The victim was walking with his bike when the suspects approached him and put a black and silver pistol to his head and made off with his wallet, cell phone and back pack.
The next night (still the 29th) around 9:45pm, a similar robbery occurred in the 5800 block of Prospect, near Matilda. The suspects were described as a black male and a latin male in dark clothing driving a 4-door, grey or light blue older vehicle. The suspects approached the victim from behind, put a pistol to his head, made him lie down and then took his cell phone and wallet from his pockets.
Although these two attacks were on different ends of Greenville and occurred almost 24 hours apart, police have additional evidence to believe that these are related offenses. So far there do not appear to be any additional related offenses. But if I hear differently, I’ll let you know.
We all love living in a walkable area and the weather this winter has been very amenable to walking out to our favorite watering holes. But please exercise caution, especially after dark and when walking alone.
The date of the St. Patrick’s parade north of Mockingbird and block party south of Mockingbird is changed to the Saturday after St. Pat’s. The events have always been the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Again, LGNA is working with the City, the block party organizers, and with other neighborhood associations to ease the impact on our neighborhoods. The no-parking signs will be posted on the Thursday before – March 17, St. Pat’s Day itself. We’ll be providing more information as we receive it.
The toys for DPD’s Central Patrol can be gently loved. Toys always know when they’ve been loved, and they are always happy to share that love with a new child. However, if your supply of used toys is limited, one of our neighbors has shared the info that Walgreen’s has plush teddies, tigers, and puppies at a good price.