Kip's Big Boy Statue Gone From Abrams Road Lawn, Thanks to City Code Enforcers

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It wasn't long after Gary Isett parked a Kip's Big Boy statue on his front lawn at the corner of Abrams and Trammel that people started taking notice. First, passersby, then the Lakewood Advocate, then the Morning News. D's Tim Rogers reminisced about that time in high school he took part in a Big Boy heist.

But this is Dallas, where something so awesome as a cartoonish, 7-foot-tall, hamburger-wielding lawn ornament, which Isett displayed rather prominently, couldn't possibly be left unregulated. And so it wasn't really a surprise when the Advocate reported this morning that code enforcement had visited Isett and told him the front-lawn statue was a no-no.

"The city was just like, it's a nuisance, people are slowing down, taking pictures," he told the magazine. "And they were -- I had like 400 people stop and take pictures. I can see what they meant: It was an eye-stopper."

Isett wasn't so chatty when we called this morning to ask after the statue, which the Advocate says has been moved to his backyard. Matter of fact, he was pissed. When we mentioned the Advocate's article on the visit from code enforcement, he demanded we take our article down immediately. "I didn't authorize that," he snapped.

When we explained that the Observer and the Advocate are two different publications and we had not yet written anything, he said he had a phone call to make and hung up in a huff.

It made us wonder, as much as we loved the image of City Manager Mary Suhm and Kip's Big Boy duking it out in the boxing ring, whether Isett hadn't just decided to move it because of all the traffic and used the city as a scapegoat. But no. Code Compliance director Jimmy Martin got back with us a few minutes ago and said the officers had indeed paid Isett a visit.

"Basically, the violation was [the statue] was not within the setback rules," he said. It also violated visibility rules that govern what can be placed on corner lots. "The owner of the property is moving it back so it won't be a visibility obstruction."

We're still not sure why our call made Isett so angry. Maybe he's afraid his backyard will be overrun by rabid Big Boy fans. Maybe the code enforcers suggested his beloved statue might wind up swimming with the fishes if he squealed. A true mystery.

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garlandsucks
garlandsucks

Even the most lib of persons would freak if they spent a week with code enforcement or planning employees of even the smallest repub city.  The money and time wasted is crazy, 3 hour lunches hell yes, leaving early all the time hell yes.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

I believe that the city of dallas code enforcement officers are the laziest bunch swimming in a cesspool of grime and ineptitued and criminality that is the City of Dallas. Source - I've met some of these folks and they are rude and lazy as fuck

bmarvel
bmarvel

Somewhere, some bureaucrat's day is brighter. He or she just made the city a little more drab and cheerless for the rest of us.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

how could they tell it wasn't Shoney's or Elby's Big Boy?

rzimmerman1
rzimmerman1

This is your worthless city government in action. Probably the same code enforcement people who don't notice people who park dump trucks in their front yards or leave cars up on blocks on streets in Old East Dallas.

MisterMean
MisterMean

The city government is full of Little Napoleons with an inferiority complex.  This is yet another example of the city being too big for it's britches.   Last week the drought tolerant landscaping in Juanita Heights..... The news has been full of reports of the city always trying to shut down long established businesses.  Many regulations are more for making $$$$ (for the city to squander) than the quality of life. 

schermbeck
schermbeck

All he had to do was attach it to a drilling rig and they would have let it stay.

G_David
G_David

Reminds me of when the Char Bar was forced to take down its marquee after what, 40 years or something?  This city is beyond ridiculous.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

I'm so glad Code Enforcement has it's priorities straight. Fucking assholes. They will go through a neighborhood with yards full of high weeds and litter and do nothing. Also, inspectors are always "moving the goal posts" when addressing what is illegal and what isn't when a violation is reported. They don't want to do their jobs, they want to do the least amount of work as possible. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

if they want to fight this, I don't think the City has a leg to stand on.

Daniel
Daniel

There used to be a Big Boy prominently displayed, along with several legit modern sculptures, on a front lawn on Cochran Chapel Road. That's a very wealthy neck of the woods. The other pieces almost certainly cost many tens of thousands of dollars. 

markzero
markzero

@GuitarPlayer they've told me they only act if they get complaints, which is why I was warned for vines on my back fence (?!) while the neighbor behind me got no warning for too-high grass & weeds. I guess that also means a neighbor complained about this statue.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@markzero  


It has been said to me by a Code supervisor that Code does patrols and will give tickets to violators. 

As usual, there are two different stories with Dallas code. They like doing that to confuse the public and discourage them from pursuing matters. It's a time honored tradition that many big cities use.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer @markzero I've been told that a complaint will often get the whole alley checked out--as per your example.  I think we're all saying the same thing and can now revel in this accord. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer @markzero  

they also get to go after low hanging fruit to make their personal stats look good ... you know ... citations written, cases cleared, no open citations older than 60 days ...

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