Dallas Habitat for Humanity to Summon the 'Dozers Tomorrow in Effort to "Fight the Blight"

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Never did understand the Chicago Bulls logos painted on the side of this South Dallas bar.
Years ago, when writing about efforts to revitalize a neighborhood near Fair Park, I came across the building you see above: the former Pete's Sandwich Shop at 4702 Baldwin, sandwiched between Starplex and Julia Frazer Elementary. At the time, Habitat for Humanity was building new homes nearby, on Jamaica, but I was told Pete's was doing the neighborhood no favors.

A woman who lived next door explained that it was a late-night hangout for a rough crowd that would congregate to drink, play dominoes and shoot pool. Neighbors were appalled that the city let the out-of-town owner (she lived in Itasca) get away with owning and operating a crime-ridden bunker frequently visited by police, who most recently showed up in February of this year after someone pried off the burglar bars and got away with a TV, the refrigerator and a gas heater.

In recent months the building has served as an HQ for the 4-Lyfe Ryders Motorcycle Club, but today we get word that tomorrow, the building, now a dingy shade of gray slab, will be no more. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Bill Hall, CEO of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, will stand in front of the place and announce an initiative called "Dallas: Fight the Blight," which will involve the razing of 25 "blighted, run-down properties" throughout the city. At which point he will unleash the bulldozers to demolish the building, which county records show Dallas Neighborhood Alliance for Habitat bought in May.

"Fight the Blight is part of Dallas Habitat's celebration of their 25th anniversary," says the release we received earlier today. "The plan is to tear down at least 25 old, dingy structures in Dallas that are hidey-holes for drugs and other criminal activity." We'll be there, if only because we can't resist the site of bulldozers dozing.
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you're stale
you're stale

at the time, they were probably just trying to associate themselves w/a winner...

Ben
Ben

Ollie's Place on Pacific one block west of HatcherThe Car Wash at Lyons/Hatcher

...are two places that are bad. Much of the bad stuff bleeds over from Frazier Courts. Want to go do something bad? Head across Hatcher. Can't do it in the projects.

That neighborhood has a weird street layout due to the old creek that runs through there, Browder or Buzzard Springs, forget which. As a result you have to make a U-turn and comeback the way you came which brings out cat calls and yells from damn near everyone.

One of the scariest parts to that neighborhood are the kick ass foot trails through the vacant lots that weave around through backyards, downed fences of abandoned homes, across the creek. They meander around much like a cattle trail on a ranch somewhere. You can actually see them in Google Earth. Start at Collins and Charba and move South and West. You can see the larger ones. I suspect many of the residents there are carless and use these trails to get around. Scary trails.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

While this is an applaudable step in the right direction, I have to ask: Why is it taking Habitat For Humanity getting involved to force the city into doing their job, which is to knock over dumps like this. So. Dallas, especially south of Fair Park, is scorched earth territory where these places seem to thrive w/o much intervention. Wheres Dwayne CarriedAway when you need him...yes, more than likely he was inside playing dominos until 2 in the morning with arthur and archie...

NewsDog
NewsDog

25 dozers dozing, sounds sort of like a Weird Al Christmas parody.

scottindallas
scottindallas

It's related to front running in the community.  A relic from the last days when anyone gave an S about that place, and the Jordan era.

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

"Never did understand the Chicago Bulls logos painted on the side of this South Dallas bar.'

Looks like a Mexican Cowboy bar to me. They love "the BULL"!! Probably just stole the image off a t-shirt from the local Goodwill.

Buckeye
Buckeye

I don't know.  You get yourself some picnic tables, a naugahyde sofa, and an clever, edgy name, and boom, you got yourself the next Lee Harvey's. This place is oozing urban grit.  The Bulls logo - pure irony.  Peolple love that stuff these days.  They'll pay top dollar for it too.

ChrisU
ChrisU

notify the Landmark Commission!!!

you're stale
you're stale

fuck yeah.. scary trails. fuck it, just set the whole goddamned thing up as a haunted house you may or may not leave alive...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Well, see, that's your problem -- the Bulls logos recently disappeared off the building. Now it's just a boring shade of gray.

G_David
G_David

I'll pay YOU top dollar if you're willing to venture down that way after dark. 

you're stale
you're stale

if there's booze dan paul'll be there. won't you dan paul?

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