After Mayor Dwaine Caraway's Tirade, an End For Now to the Ongoing Scrap Over Scrapyard

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Mayor Caraway's new togs look summertime comfy!
Oak Cliff Metals' move, which was on the council's to-do list last month, returned this afternoon, with Mayor-For-Now Dwaine Caraway once again squaring off against Vonciel Jones Hill over the site that's in her district near S. Central Expressway and Loop 12 and across the train tracks from his. This, incidentally, is the very same Oak Cliff Metals presently on Pontiac that The News and Caraway went after last year, with Caraway "showing up at the front gate ... with a van full of code inspectors behind him and insisting that the owners of the company deal with him privately, apart from the process," as Jim wrote last year.

The News recapped last month's tussle between longtime frienemies Caraway and Hill, which involves a City Plan Commission-approved specific use permit and picked up today right where it left off -- with Caraway making sure everyone knows "I'm very adamantly opposed to it [and] those who will profit from it and celebrate a meager victory." He would later call it a "stab in the heart of the southern sector," specifically the part near the Trinity River developments taking place near there. During his rant, he said he didn't "care how it turns out in the paper." He's against it, plain and simple.

"I'm fighting for Kroger grocery stores we don't have in the southern sector -- not one, with the exception of Wynnewood Village," he said. "We don't have the Kroger, but we have the scrapyard. We don't have one movie theater in the southern sector, but we're fighting very hard to deliver the scrapyard. We don't fight hard to deliver the grocery stores, the movie theaters, the quality retail, the stores, the banks ... all the things we want for a better quality of life."

I couldn't keep up with his tirade, as he called it. But long story short, said the mayorish: He said it'll land in South Dallas because North Dallas wouldn't tolerate it, plain and simple. "Do any of y'all wanna live by a scrapyard?" he said. Then, he kind of laughed: "Heh heh heh."

A resident of Joppa, which is in Caraway's district and across the tracks from the scrapyard's proposed new site, said residents there are terrified of the scrapyard: It'll become "a crime generator," said the woman whose name I did not catch, a place where residents can simply walk across the tracks with their stolen goods, plop them on the scales and walk off with easy cash.

When Caraway called for the record vote, only two council members voted against the SUP: Caraway and Carolyn Davis.

The council's now on to the historic designation for Adamson High School. Finally. Dallas ISD's all for it. Go, Leopards!
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Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

You think its funny that Mayor Caraway fought against the scrapyard you call his argument a rant.Trinity River projects are all over that section of Southern Dallas and no developer is going to touch land near a scrap yard.Environmental concerns are a problem.You don't want scrap yards in West Dallas along Trinity projects but its OK in South Dallas as is the so called Flow Control at McCommas Bluff. With the scrape yards,landfill where gas will be produced and fracking being done,why are you not worried about its impact on the Community as in North Oak Cliff.it never changes only in White areas are these kind of uses offensive in minority areas we are not to object to any thing  Trinity River committee objects to all new uses within certain miles of its Plan, but not in South.Do we have a North and South Trinity Plan.

Whodunnit
Whodunnit

Something's out of whack here. The City wants all trash collected in the City to go to South Dallas (McCommas Landfill), but they want the scrapyards to go away.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

He's fighting for Kroger grocery stores?  Has he seen the kind of store Kroger puts in his" section of Dallas?  He needs to go do a tour of the E-coli Kroger in Wynnewood Village Shopping Center!

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I just got a fundraiser invite from "Mayor Caraway" and he has a his "Host Committee" listed and what do you know, there is Kenny & Neil Goldberg.  That would be the Kenny & Neil Golberg from Gold Metal Recycles.  So is Mayor Caraway against metal recylcing, against Oak Cliff Metals or is he just pulling his weight for the unnamed person in this report for a facility not even in his district???  And for the record Gold Metal Recycles is not in his district either...

Clancey
Clancey

You miss the point.  Nearby,  a successful politician in Louisiana knows voters expect him to  entertain.

Witness,  when I was a lad,  the only governor to be declared criminally insane by Dr's in two states!

Bro.  Caraway learned the lesson about entertaining,  but didn't show up the day it was explained how to do it and look cool.   The little wife is obviously repaying old favors by helping him choose shirts with no ties.   Or maybe it was Archie.

Guest
Guest

We don't have one movie theater in the southern sector, but we're fighting very hard to deliver the scrapyard

Two things: 1. The Texas Theater is a movie theater (I know what he probably means, but he's phrased it incorrectly)

2. Are there no movie theaters or Kroger's in Southern Dallas because of something the city is doing to prevent them from opening there?

I don't want to live by a scrapyard, but I also don't want the government deciding after my legal business is already established that they can take my private business away with zoning tricks.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Big Bob -- I assume Schutze is writing up the roll-backs on the ethics law from today's meeting?

Robert
Robert

I need to iron my seersucker Dashiki.

warden62
warden62

I have to say, and I might regret saying this, but DC's got a bit of a point there.

Kommon sense
Kommon sense

"I couldn't keep up with his tirade, as he called it." <--- Note the last part of that sentence.

Guest
Guest

If you don't want them there, come up with a price they'll agree to and the financial backing to buy them out instead of trying to get the government to strong-arm them out of business without compensation.

The fact that no one would ever be able to build a scrap metal yard in North Dallas doesn't change the fact that these businesses exist where they are now. And the proper way to deal with them isn't to resort to Mafia tactics (though I grew up in a town in which the expensive part of town expanded right around a scrap metal yard with no problem. And my mother-in-law lives in an area suburb where a long-time scrap yard sits right next to a much newer luxury apartment complex. If you have an apartment on that side of the complex, your view is overlooking a scrap metal yard. And the Chili's in that town is right next to a small cement plant. Not exactly the same, but still, development around undesirable properties can and does happen).

It wasn't that long ago that a person named Betty Culbreath was calling for armed revolution against elected officials who would move people out of their homes without remorse or compensation. Apparently the Betty Culbreath of five years later thinks that moving people out of their businesses and jobs without remorse or compensation is good government.

rubbercow
rubbercow

 There are plenty of abandoned movie theaters in the SS

Bob
Bob

Either he's a patient at [fill in the blank], or Robert Mugabe is impersonating our Mayor.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Showing up with a truck load of code inspectors looking to fine a legitimate business out of existence under cuts any point he may have. Businesses shouldn't have to fear doing business in Dallas on account of a gang of municipal thugs led by somebody that would probably go away if a campaign contribution were made.

Guest
Guest

There are abandoned movie theaters in North Dallas (and even in Plano).

I don't think scrap yards ran them off.

Wheels
Wheels

Looks like a hospital gown

John_McKee
John_McKee

I don't know that it makes it any less ridiculous, perhaps even more so. 

Foolsallofyou
Foolsallofyou

When will you people stop believing everything you read in the papers... The last location was in a flood plain. You can't have a scrap yard in a flood plain.... Care to know why? Because when it rains, all the crap washed off those metals, ie toxins, ends up in the trinity watershed which ends up in your water supply. Certain industries are explicitly forbidden from flood plains. This company was one of them, they ignored the rules for years and finally were forced to move. You think this guy can just drive around shutting down businesses!?!? Get real.

rubbercow
rubbercow

I guess I am referring to the Red Bird Mall area.  I am probably generalizing.....

Guest
Guest

Has there been a thugification of the area?

Generally speaking, crime has gone down massively over the last twenty years. The abandoned movie theaters in Plano, for example, were from that first wave of mutiplexes that took off in the 1980s. They're abandoned now because they were replaced with Mega-Multiplexes in the late 1990s and beyond.

I mean, I don't know what locations you're talking about specifically. I don't know where the abandoned movie theaters are in South Dallas, so I don't really know.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Oh, I know scrapyards didn't run them off.  I think the thugification of the area made the cost of business too high for them.

John_McKee
John_McKee

That brings me a new question, are city officials appearing in their official capacity allowed to accept personal gifts, particually expensive ones?

Kommon sense
Kommon sense

They give those to patients at mental hospitals?

Kommon sense
Kommon sense

One: If true, it would seem the city is the one that ignored the rules for years.Two: Regulation of toxic materials is out of the realm of code inspectors.

Whodunnit
Whodunnit

Was it floodplain because the City didn't maintain the levees correctly, or was it always floodplain?

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