Circa 2006. Dallas City Council representative Angela Hunt was sitting in her friend’s apartment in Lower Greenville, when she heard glass shattering outside the window. When she ran outside to confront the offenders, a group of gangly teenagers told her that the same scene was played out every day in that community. All through the 2000s Lower Greenville was the part of Dallas city where crime was the buzzword.
Especially the stretch between Ross to Belmont, say Dallas DUI attorneys, was a hub for low-life criminals and drunkards who would often get into fights. Incidents like the one Hunt witnessed – breaking and damaging property – was common and since the entire area was a dump yard of half-broken things and litter, and walls filled with ugly graffiti, nobody really thought twice about following the law here.
As Hunt herself puts it, this part of the city had the tag of not being a “well-maintained area” that was “ripe for the picking”. Neighbors and business owners who have been through the early millennial years in this area say that it resembled a war zone. DUI Dallas attorneys recall the days when police raids in the community would turn up underage drinkers, DWI offenders, assault and murder convicts, robbers, and petty vandalizers all in a day’s work.
How it all started
Greenville didn’t always start out as an entertainment district. Back in the day, Greenville Avenue was the main thoroughfare in the city before Central expressway was born. The neighborhood was initially built and developed as a retail strip with responsible businesses and service retailers dotting the scene. But with the economic decline in the 60’s, the young families moved away to Richardson and Plano. In the 70’s the community was taken over by a host of college-educated people who believed they could restore the old Tudor and Craftsman homes and bring the neighborhood back to life.
Lower Greenville in Dallas has improved its look.
By the 80’s the gentrification of Lower Greenville was complete and with the 1983 launch of the nightclub Tango, a whole new era was launched. At the turn of the century, the area was filled with “bad operators” who would stop at nothing to earn a few extra bucks. Underage drinking, as many DUI Dallas attorneys recall, was a huge problem in the bars and clubs in Lower Greenville.
A successful metamorphosis
But thanks to the efforts of one city council who refused to back down, Greenville is back to attaining the former glory which had got lost among the run-down streets and the graffiti adorned walls. It took Angela Hunt almost five years from the day she heard the vandals outside her friend’s house to when she could enlist the city administration’s help to bring Greenville’s crime abetting life to a stand stop. The transformation that started in 2011 can be seen in its complete manifestation today and as one walks down the spruced up streets where the normal American life plays out to perfection, it is hard to believe that this was the same part of the city that was shunned by the gentle folk just a few years back.