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Lipscomb Returns?

Almost convicted felon and civil rights activist Al Lipscomb might run for the District 8 seat. You may remember Mr. Lipscomb for 2 things: comparing the strong mayor initiative to Nazi Germany and for fronting a company that falsely appeared to be minority-owned, so that it would be eligible for set-aside contracts from government. Sounds like a great man to represent community interests, yes?

Power To The People Again

New zoning unanimously approved for entire length of West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue

The Dallas City Council yesterday unanimously approved a completely new set of zoning rules for the 3.5-mile-long corridor of West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue – – from the Trinity River to Pinnacle Park.

This vote represents the culmination of four years of grass-roots efforts by the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to design and implement a citizen- driven plan for the boulevard.

The council’s vote comes as more businesses head to Fort Worth Avenue. Yesterday, we also learned that groundbreaking will take place in three weeks on a $2.5 million conference center/meeting space, to be located just west of Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenue. The conference center is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Preliminary reports that investors could soon be moving forward to locate a gourmet sandwich shop, an upscale, full-service car wash, and a picture-framing operation along West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue

Grassroots Advocacy Works This Time

Through some effective email advocacy the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group was effective in getting the Dallas City Plan Commission to unanimously approve the Fort Worth Avenue Comprehensive Land Use Study.

In an email from FWADG they reported …the Dallas City Plan Commission unanimously approved the Fort Worth Avenue Comprehensive Land Use Study in a surprising 15-0 vote. Commissioners lauded the work of the Land Use Steering Committee, and acknowledged that the landslide of e-mails and phone calls they received from citizens like you urging approval of the study contributed to their decision.

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