This evening I attended the Gastonwood – Coronado Hills neighborhood association meeting. The meeting focused on code enforcement, and the challenges that neighborhoods face when dealing with code issues.
The City of Dallas’ neighborhood liaison from the Code Enforcement Department came to the meeting, and answered questions about garage sales, commercial signage in residential yards, and bulk trash.
I was pleased to attend the quarterly meeting of the Munger Place Historic District, where residents discussed the upcoming home tour, website development, and several other neighborhood projects.
Over a hundred neighbors filled the Lipscomb Elementary auditorium to hear Police Chief Kunkle speak about current efforts to reduce crime in Dallas. Residents spoke about their own crime problems, including illegal dumping and car burglaries.
As I’ve attended neighborhood association and crime watch meetings throughout Dallas, I have been impressed to often see Chief Kunkle there as well. He is truly committed to improving our city, and getting to understand our problems on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level.
I appreciate Bordeaux Village giving me the opportunity to address their members at their annual meeting. I discussed my vision for our district and city before the group, and was warmly received.
The group was pleased to hear about my concerns for the issues facing those who live so close to Love Field. In particular, my attendance of Love Field Environmental Advisory Committee meetings and Love Field Master Plan meetings confirmed my commitment to neighborhoods living in the shadow of the airport.
I attended the Abrams – Brookside Homeowners Association meeting this evening, where code enforcement was a hot topic of discussion. The city is moving from a criminally-enforced method of code enforcement to a civilly-enforced method, which will make enforcement of repeat or serious code violators easier to achieve.
In addition to this needed change, I’d like to see the city create a program to train and deputize neighborhood residents who could then give notices to code violators. It is imperative that we beef up code compliance in Dallas, and this could be another tool to improve our neighborhoods.
Tonight I attended my third party of the day, visiting the Greenland Hill’s holiday party in Glencoe Park. M Streets residents were treated to cookies, hot chocolate, and carriage rides around the neighborhood. St. Nick even made an appearance!
Neighbors rode around the neighborhood in horse-drawn carriages to view the Christmas lights and decoration. (Paul and I spent a good bit of time earlier this week hanging lights, with the help of our wonderful neighbor Tony and his friend Richard.)
I attended the annual Munger Place Holiday Party this evening at the home of one of my fellow attorneys at my law firm. Paul and Ginger have an incredible home, and it was decorated beautifully! This party was definitely one of the highlights of the season.