Avi Adelman Won't Say Where He's Moving, but He's "Not Going Away"

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Avi Adelman, the self-appointed watchdog of Lower Greenville who's spent a quarter century hounding yard-pissing drunks, bar owners, certain elected city officials and whoever else happened to cross his path, is moving. He's not saying where just yet. "I will tell you why. I'm protecting my family from crazy people who have said some pretty nasty things," he says. The move will happen in the next 60 days, and he will be living somewhere that is not Lower Greenville.

Adelman hadn't intended to announce the move, but then he got a call Thursday from The Dallas Morning News' James Ragland, who keeping up his torrid torrid pace of two stories per month, had been reporting on the opening of Trader Joe's.

Adelman wouldn't -- and still won't -- talk about where he's moving, or why. ("That I'll explain later.") But there were other things he was more eager to discuss, like the current state of his soon-to-be-former neighborhood.

"I think the Lower Greenville rezoning was a disaster," he told Unfair Park on Friday morning. It succeeded in driving out most of the drunks, but the pendulum swung too far in the other direction. Businesses like the Blind Butcher, which Adelman welcomes, gets caught up in red tape. And the lower rents that were supposed to materialize never did. "I think in five years, the only thing that's gonna be left standing will be Trader Joe's."

He also thinks the process of deciding who gets to build what where has been hijacked by a small group of neighborhood leaders who elbow ordinary citizens (read Adelman) out of the way. His complaints on this front were given a thorough airing in the bitter legal fight over the Walmart Neighborhood Market that his house now faces.

He's also keen to point out that, while some a lot of people are no doubt celebrating his imminent departure, he is by no means universally reviled, which is borne out by the surprising number of positive comments to the Morning News story.

"I'm getting a lot of private calls and emails that are like, 'You're what?!'" he said. This is in stark contrast to anonymous online commenters who "hide behind phony names [and] make comments personally attacking me for no reason. A lot of people were mad at me because I was ruining their private pissing box."

There's no doubt that Adelman sometimes stepped over certain lines. But there's also little question that he played a key role in the transformation of Lower Greenville. Will he play the same role in his new neighborhood, wherever that may be? That's an open question, though he plans to keep barkingdogs.org live and says he's already been asked by his future neighbors to start a crime watch.

"We're still in Dallas," he says. "I'm not going to change my attitude, I'm not going to change my politics, and I am not going away."

Update at 2:45: It seems that while the Morning News was sleuthing out Adelman's moving plans, they also stumbled upon a handful of five-month-old articles he borrowed and posted to barkingdogs.org. (He typically grabs the first couple of grafs, then posts a link to the story.) The paper's attorneys sent him a chill cease-and-desist letter, which you'll find below.

Dallas Morning News Letter to Avi Adelman


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xtreme
xtreme

5000 EastSide St.  Dallas

xtreme
xtreme

5000 EastSide St.  Dallas

dongdingding
dongdingding

He just has to keep up his top commenter status.

Travis_Rex
Travis_Rex

Wherever he moves, the smell of pork pie will inevitably follow..

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I heard Avi is moving across the street from Scotts Merkin. 

AviAdelman
AviAdelman

Gawd, you people amaze me. Do you all work at home or from coffee shops, because I can't imagine much real work getting done while you are blogging the day away.

I think I will start a contest - first person to find my new address before it's listed on DCAD will get something. Have no idea what something will be yet. Maybe a Starbucks gift card.

As anxious as you all are to find me, scare my neighbors, piss on my yard, or tell everyone to run for the hills, you might enjoy the challenge.

I will give you two hints - It's not Bishop Arts or Uptown. And there are no bars within walking distance.

Game on in 3, 2, 1.

adventure_ike
adventure_ike

I don't get it. What the hell did this guy do to piss so many people off?  Never heard of NIMBYism gathering this sort of vitriol.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Avi.

-resident at 5937 Oram St, formerly of 5945 La Vista.

Paddy Martini
Paddy Martini

He deleted comments and blocked people for daring to ask whether it was him operating the Trader Joe's Lower Greenville facebook page even though it was entirely obvious it was him. He claimed suggesting as much was an "ad hominem attack." Guy is a huge baby who you would assume would have thicker skin based on all the tough language he uses toward anyone he disagrees with.

jmckee3
jmckee3

It's going to be funny when he moves to Uptown and by funny I mean UGGGGGGGGHGGHHHHHHHHHH.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

Just one of many reasons, that I moved back to my native state of Louisiana, was because of all the crapola involved in going to an establishment to get loaded. Dallas is an area with issues. Yea you can drink, but you can't smoke anywhere even in a bar. Don't park here or get towed, if you can find the no parking sign. Avi was the head of the pimple of problems.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I'm hoping he is smart enough to move someplace where he doesn't have anything to complain about.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@AviAdelman have you ever seen a guy with a fake head?

Do you like steak

what about eggs

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

In short, you'd have to live there to get it. The guy moved into a noted bar district and then bitched and moaned enough to get the bars closed with the bars being the very reason many of his neighbors moved there in the first place.

Daniel
Daniel

@P1Gunter You formerly lived directly across the street from where I formerly lived and currently live on the same block where I used to live.

mcreed80
mcreed80

@Tim.Covington He's probably moving to Highland Park bording Lemmon so he can bitch about the planes flying over.  He's ready for a bigger challenge. 

Threeboys
Threeboys

A guy like this never runs out of things to complain about

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Tim.Covington he'll move into bar entertainment district and then whine, or he will move next to a park and complain the kids are playing too loud

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@casiepierce @juanmayeaux Yeah Casie, I am living the good life, while you are smelling the tailpipes and paying outrageous property taxes. I am glad and you are glad.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@AviAdelman @Lakewooder  You're moving to Highland Park. You'll start a new blog 'The Leaf Blower' and complain about excessive lawn care.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@P1Gunter  

They were actually zoned as "Restaurants without Drive Through Service"  Their menu consisted of items such as popcorn, nuts, pickled eggs and three other items.   Some of them did not even have any kitchen facilities at all.  There was a question of whether or not they exceeded the 75/25 alcohol/food sales ratio, but the City never audited the sales. There were also multiple code compliance issues including areas such as electrical, plumbing (one of the "restaurants" used portapotties out back), and fire code.


Heavy police presence around closing time to settle disputes amongst the drunks was commonplace.


According to the City of Dallas Zoning Ordinances, a bar requires an SUP regardless of where is located.  Only one of the businesses on this section of Greenville had a CO allowing it to operate as a bar.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Um, yes it is. And it has been for a few decades.

Threeboys
Threeboys

Define lowest. Like where Ships is?

And again, how long has he been there?

Threeboys
Threeboys

How long has he been there?

This article says a quarter century. I was hanging out a the original Stan's long before a quarter century ago.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@casiepierce Nutria, Honey Pie. We call them Nutria. Now be a sweetie and rustle up some Soy Milk and Tofu for supper.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@juanmayeaux @casiepierce Oh sorry, Swamp Rat.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@juanmayeaux @casiepierce You don't know a fucking thing about me. Besides, you're in Louisiana, why are you even bothering with this four-day-old blog about someone else who you (most likely) don't know a thing about? Oh yeah, I also have 18 house cats, I wear patchouli oil as perfume, I live in a commune, I don't watch television although I prize my Apple airbook (it was very useful at all those OWS campouts), I don't "shop" for organic foods because here at the commune, we grow our own in the community garden, and I don't even own car; I bicycle around everywhere! Can you throw in any more stereotypes along with your unenlightened screed about just exactly how awful Dallas is and why you no longer live here, you backwoods, moonshine-making, cousin-marrying, gator-wrasslin, buck-tooth hillbilly?

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@casiepierce @juanmayeaux I don't smoke, I don't drive Drunk, and I own a nice home. I in my original comment, I had my tongue, firmly in my cheek. Another reason I left Dallas, is women like yourself, who believe in the nanny state and want the government to control all of our behavior. I bet you wear Birkenstocks, don't shave your legs or armpits, shop for outrageous priced "Organic" vegetables at Whole Foods and drive a Subaru. Have fun lady and enjoy those tailpipes vapors while you are stalled in traffic on the Tollway.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@juanmayeaux @casiepierce Wait, what? You're just complaining about not being able to smoke in a bar while congratulating me for "smelling tailpipes".  One day when you graduate from high school and spend $15,000 fighting a DWI, you'll understand about responsibilities like home ownership vs. finding the perfect place to get loaded without all the "crapola".

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ScottsMerkin @casiepierce @Tim.Covington No, it is not semantics. There are little clusters of bars everywhere in Dallas. Coming on a blog and ignorantly ranting about noise from the AAC is one thing. Putting up with irresponsible (and ordinance flaunting) bar owners who allow their drunken patrons to stumble to their cars parked across homeowners driveways, pee on and drive across lawns is something else entirely. I was in Uptown in the 80's when there was ONE bar (the Hard Rock Cafe) and a bunch of homes and galleries (it was called the Grapevine back then). As the properties started to get built, making it denser, the businesses moved in. THIS IS THE WAY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKS- ROOFTOPS FIRST! So yeah, anyone can argue that the homes were always there- anywhere- first. Then came the bars. And the dry cleaners, and the restaurants, and the pharmacies, and the boutique retail, and the coffee shops and whatever other infill amenities. Same with Greenville Ave. It was a neighborhood, with some neighborhood services because there were enough homes to support these neighborhood services. Bars that operate illegally and attract drunken patrons from hither and yon are not a neighborhood service. Most of the bars on Greenville Avenue could go away completely and move off to some industrial district, out of the way of homes, and they would still do fine, because the people coming to these bars don't live anywhere near the neighborhood they are in.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@casiepierce @Tim.Covington its all semantics casie.  Remember the douche who came here bitching because of all the loud noise at the AAC during Mavs playoffs.  He moved into the tower next to it, and while no, its not and ENTITY recognized as an entertainment district, WTF did he think went on there?  Uptown is not and ENTITY "bar district" but everyone knows there are bars galore there.  So to move to uptown and then complain about the bars is dumb

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