Lower Greenville not an “‘entertainment district’

Thanks to David Webb for his story on the “resident-only” parking in Lower Greenville (Dallas Voice, Jan. 11).
One thing disturbs me, though, and that is the use of the term “entertainment district.”

Those who think we should put up with drunken people throwing trash and doing worse in our yards say, “Well, you should have thought of that before you moved into an entertainment district.”

First of all, the street used to be more a mixture of restaurants, retail and performance venues. The bars are a rather recent phenomenon. Second of all, there is no such thing as an “entertainment district.”

Everyone is welcome to Lower Greenville; just please, be a good neighbor.

Tom Blackwood

Priced out of Oak Lawn, and no one seems to care

My partner and I have made a choice to move to Buffalo, N.Y., where housing is affordable, since there is no longer anything affordable here in the Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn area.

Apartment rentals start at $650 per month, and they raise the rents every year so people have to move out and away from our community. And nobody seems to want to stop all the people from moving out of our “gayborhood,” as we call it.

You need the income of two full-time jobs to be able to live here. But nobody says, “Stop building just for luxury; let’s see affordability in our community.”

Eventually the gay community will be gone from Oak Lawn. Just the fountain will still be there as a reminder of what once was if they don’t knock it down, also.

I don’t want to live in the suburbs where nothing is accessible unless you have a car and where DART has increased fares to get into the city and the gay community.

But my partner works full time, and I am on disability. We can just barely afford rent now. We have no option left now but to move out of state.

Arthur J. Cook Sr.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 18, 2008
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