Kill the "Bishop Arts Gateway" Project
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[6.4.15 at 10:00 AM - Made small additions, and put in brackets like this.]
We who sign this petition believe the following:
We believe that the current development plans for the "Bishop Arts Gateway" [by Alamo Manhattan - www.alamomanhattan.com] are not consistent with the neighborhood's vibe, and would be completely out of character, with real potential to squelch the beautiful, organic growth of a neighborhood that has happened on its own [through the hard work of the founders, the business owners, residents, and patrons of the businesses], without greedy developers [imposing their model for growth].
We believe that the planned development of two five-story buildings full of apartments and retail storefronts is the last thing that [the Bishop Arts area of] Oak Cliff needs.
We believe that the "locally owned 'organic' businesses", as you put it, are happy where they are currently located, do not need to be displaced, and do not want to be your tenants.
We believe in preserving the existing historic structures, and promoting the welfare of the residents and businesses who are already there. The project calls for demolishing existing buildings [and homes], which is a travesty. Established businesses like [Local Oak, Ten Bells Tavern, Red Pegasus Games and Comics, and Zoli’s] are pillars in the Bishop Arts community and should remain untouched.
We believe that the City of Dallas should deny Alamo Manhattan's request for $11 million in future tax reimbursements. We do not want our hard earned tax money benefiting [these people who did not invest to revitalize the area in the first place. They are swooping in to capitalize on the success of the neighborhood, trying to make a profit from the hard work of the business owners and the patrons of these businesses. They are bullying the residents, who should be allowed to stay in their homes.]
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