By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Lowest of the Low
Safer on the South Side: It is hard for me to be objective about any article concerning Lower Greenville ("Sin City," by Andrea Grimes, November 2) where Poor David's Pub spent 21 of its almost 30 years. Still, your article nailed the majority of the reasons I decided to move my business to the new South Side area on South Lamar Street.
Staggering drunks, ripoff parking schemes and lack of security are all prime reasons to avoid the area on the weekends, and my customers told me so. The city started this in the early '90s with loose enforcement of the "opening" requirements, including parking, and most of the landlords facilitated in the misrepresenting of their parking spots.
The laws of supply and demand probably dictate that every city will have an area that caters to this type of clientele, but the Lower Greenville of which Dallas was proud in the mid-'80s to early '90s is gone forever.
In 26 months on South Lamar, I have had zero cars towed, zero robberies, zero assaults and zero complaints about no parking spaces.
Oh, and when the customers have to whiz, they use the facilities. What a concept!
Poor David's Pub
At least we were nice: Not sure if anyone told you, but...I was the singer for the Bruce cover band, Jeff [Parker] played bass. The show was for my radio show's 12th anniversary. Thanks for the nice things you said.
Editor's note: Mr. Venable is correct on all counts, and we apologize for the errors in "Cover Story," November 2.
You were wrong this time: I guess you got plenty of replies to your bashing of Romo ("Tony Oh-no," by Richie Whitt, October 26). I will not jump on the bandwagon, but I was at the game Monday night and it was ugly. But the next game made my own head spin around. After trying to invent a new cuss word in the first quarter, I have to hand it to him. Romo made a believer out of me. I love to have my core beliefs challenged. Don't worry—you were in good company after Monday night, but Romo did look good the following week. Hopefully that is a real glimpse into the future of this organization. Somebody believed in him to keep him here this long. God, someday somebody on that team has to be right. Hopefully it is now! Romo Rules! By the way, I am not kin to T.O.
Hieronymus' Truck Stop
Dregs of humanity: I'm finished with this article, and I'm a little numb ("Cruising With the Whore Cop," by Jesse Hyde, September 7). First of all, you did a great job of putting me in the scene. It might be because I'm from a place with a lot of truck stops and I could picture what they all look like, but reading this story gave me the chills. I'm disgusted at the incredible levels of inhumanity. It's depressing. I feel blessed to have what I have and live the life that I have. How sad it is to think of these people and their lives. You should submit this to Oprah.
Polarized: Congratulations! "Splitsville" (by Megan Feldman, November 2) is a perfect depiction of the divisiveness that is affecting every area of our society—thanks to this administration. Well done!
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Spike the toll road: I've noticed that the Trinity River Project has a survey on its Web site. Well, I thought I would put into words what I, as a tax-paying citizen of Dallas, would like to see done with the Trinity River. And let me say as well that every person I have had this conversation with agrees with something along these lines.
They sure don't want the toll road as planned. And this includes family, friends, clients, etc. who come to visit Dallas. Yes, it will cost a lot of money—but isn't it worth looking into? I know I would vote yes to a bond package that has this kind of park. And wouldn't it be a waste of money if we built something that wasn't the best it could be?
I realize an alignment for the toll road has been selected, but what if it's a bad idea? Do you want to be the ones responsible for this?
My vision for the Trinity River flood plain: Completely rebuild the levees with a tunnel/road buried inside and tunnels for water that is taken from runoff—both city of Dallas and upstream—and allow building on top of them. Basically lease or sell the space to developers, and then the city could make its money back to pay for this expensive but worthwhile project. And maybe a low-speed parkway in the open air.
Can you imagine the views? And who wouldn't love that! Better than Central Park in New York City!
Then a beautiful park along the lines of something riparian and native could be built within the levees, with soccer fields, nature centers, amphitheaters, etc. Truthfully, what's there now isn't even natural, as it is plant material that has grown up since the levees were put in place many decades ago.
It's really high time the city of Dallas played hardball with the developers instead of the developers playing hardball with Dallas—and this includes TXDOT, NTTA, et al. I bet if the city of Dallas were to survey its citizens, it would find that no one wants what is planned with the existing toll road idea. Maybe it's time we stop paying for expensive consultants and look into our own backyard for ideas.