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Parking Battle Looms In Bishop Arts District

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Whether it’s to eat or drink, the Bishop Arts District has found a way to draw visitors to Oak Cliff. But with success comes problems. “I couldn’t find any parking,” recalled Sara Vivona, who lives near the Bishop Arts District. “I’m trying to get into my house and the whole street is full,” she added.

The area’s popularity made it nearly impossible for neighbors along Neely Street to park. So last week, “resident parking only” signs went up.

At the 303 Bar & Grill, the management is taking a wait and see attitude. “They’re going to knock down the tire shop building and the house next to it and make a big parking lot for valet,” explained 303 General Manager, Tara Mychek.  “People can valet and they won’t have to park in front of people’s homes. It will work itself out and will be better for everybody in the long run.” added Mychek.

Other merchants are not so sure. Jose Fuentes owns Gloria’s Restaurant and fears that customers will take their business elsewhere if they can’t park.

David Spence owns several properties in the area and is concerned that all the streets surrounding Bishop Arts will soon turn to resident parking only. “If it’s used like a blunt instrument and it’s implemented without any dialog with the commercial interests here, it’s not going to work well,” said Spence.

A similar war was waged for several years along Greenville Avenue. It started with a few streets, but within five years, nearly every street surrounding the popular bar district became resident parking only.

Property and business owners in the Bishop Arts District plan to meet Friday to find ways of avoiding a repeat of Greenville Avenue.

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