4
| News |

As the Junius Heights Turf War Unfolds, A Look At the City's Latest Denial

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

If you've been following the Junius Heights Turf War, you know that it's getting more heated than the leather inside my car in August.

Since Jose Escobedo's meeting with the Landmark Commission on August 3, his application for a Certificate of Appropriateness has been denied. Escobedo already vowed to appeal the commission's decision, a move that will cost him $300 in application fees. Escobedo has until September 3 to submit his paperwork. If it's not approved in the following week's hearing, he vowed to take his case to the city council.

Early on, Escobedo mentioned he'd been getting notices about the lawn, but disregarded them since they were all in English. This time, his denial came in Spanish too, so after the jump you'll see for yourself what it looks like when the city calls your lawn inappropriate in two languages.

Despite threats of tickets and fines, Jose Escobedo ain't about to dig up his yard...again. From the street view on Google Maps, it's clearly an improvement over the brown patch of a yard he had before installing the artificial lawn four months ago, aesthetically speaking, of course. But like it or not, imitation grass "is not compatible with the historic district."

We have his application for the Certificate of Appropriateness as well as the rejection notice, printed in both English and Spanish -- you know, to make sure there were no mix-ups -- beginning with this salient point: "The Landmark Commission Decision is: DENIED."

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.