Bulk Trash Pick Up – May 22 – 26

Bulk Trash Pick Up Starts:
Monday, May 22

Please place bulk trash out no sooner than 7 a.m. Thursday prior to bulk pickup week, through 7 a.m. Monday of bulk pickup week.

Thank you for helping to keep Bryan Place beautiful!

For more information dial 311 or go online at:

The next pick up week starts Monday, June 19

Published on May 2, 2017

Home Security and Safety Advice

I hope everyone is enjoying the Spring. It has been another quiet month in the neighborhood which is always nice. However, we should continually be vigilant about safety, and it’s always a good idea to think about home security. Therefore, this month we will talk about home security systems. I will give a few ideas to think about. I found these good ideas from Safewise.com which is a site devoted to Home Security and Safety advice.

To start, it is important to consider several key items when determining the best system and company. I will list a few considerations below to stimulate some thought.


How a system communicates with the monitoring center. The three most common ways your system can communicate with the center are: landline, cellular and broadband.

The landline is exactly as it states, it uses a landline to communicate with the monitoring center. The cellular system uses an uplink to communicate with the monitoring center when an alarm is triggered. This system is considered more reliable than a landline because it is faster and it will still function if the phone lines are cut. A broadband system sends a signal through the internet connection if an alarm is triggered. This system is also faster than a landline. Although it is not more reliable than cellular, it is less expensive.


Do-it-yourself (DIY) or professional. Some companies will offer either DIY and professional or one or the other only.

With DIY, the installation is done by the homeowner; and a set of instructions will usually accompany the system. These systems are easy to install and most take less than an hour. These systems are typically wireless and can be transferred from one home or another. This would be the system of choice for a renter given the ability to carry it with you.

The professional system could benefit the homeowner in that you wouldn’t have to worry about performing the job yourself or making a mistake during installation. The professional installer is present to answer questions during the installation process. These systems are usually either wireless or hardwired. It is important to research which one fits your need because some may require a landline. It is a good idea to consider how long you will be in the home since there may be conditions for whether you can transfer the system to a new home or location.

Home Automation:

This centers around the ability to control various events in the home beyond basic security which includes: thermostat settings, turning on and off lights, and locking doors amongst other things. This system allows one to control these various events remotely from a smart phone or a web-enabled device. With each system, you will want to determine the level of automation and control desired. Each company can offer a package based on individual needs.

Moving Forward:

All home security companies will offer a mixture of choices of each of the above items. It would be worth your time to research these ideas and companies in order to tailor the system that fits your need and location.

The top 5 companies as listed by safewise are: Frontpoint, ADT, Link Interactive, Vivint, Protect America.

Enjoy the nice weather and remember, be observant, vigilant and neighborly.

Submitted by Joseph Schill

Published on May 2, 2017

May 2017 Yard of the Month

Yard of the Month at 3122 San Jacinto

May’s Bryan Place Yard of the Month combines whimsy with tradition. The Popkess family’s yard, at 3122 St. Jacinto, has Dr. Seuss like bobbing balls combined with juniper topiaries! The yard is accented with seasonal color, including a riot of pink impatiens. And dwarf English boxwood shrubs, known for their gorgeous light-green leaves, and round compact shapes, compliment the surrounding yard. The effect is fanciful.

Thank you Popkess family for bringing charm to Bryan Place

Submitted by: Carol Guthrie

Published on May 2, 2017

Watch out for Sick Roses

Neighbor Monica Rachael wanted to share some information she recently received from a garden coach from Northhaven Gardens as she prepared to have some landscaping work done.

The coach pointed out that the rose bushes in her yard and those of her neighbors had Rose Rosette disease and recommended that she remove them and replace them with something else. Monica says now that she knows what to look for, she sees that many of the rosebushes around the neighborhood and in the park have the disease.

Thanks for the “heads up” Monica so our neighbors can recognize and deal with the blight on our roses.

Submitted by Carol Guthrie

Published on May 2, 2017

Fate of DISD Headquarters – What could we do differently?

Dallas irrefutably has been transforming into one the world’s largest cities, and it continues to grow rapidly. The development dynamics surrounding Bryan Place is perhaps one the most tangible examples of that transformation, where higher density,
public transit, and economic opportunities have diversified the demographics. Unfortunately, if not carefully managed in a fast developing city, destruction of public amenities, vital green spaces, and historic sites can become an easy solution used by
apathetic developers in competing for scarcity of land and resources.

DISD HQ building beside being beautiful architecturally, is a prime landmark in the city. The DISD Board of Trustees has applied for a demolition permit from City Hall on behalf of the developer. This can ultimately result in the vanishing of this great structure and its histories forever. By no means do I disagree with gentrification of Ross avenue and rebuilding denser, newly improved communities within the region. However, a better, and broader approach needs to emerge in our zoning regulations.

A primary focus on how lawmakers, practitioners, and the public, together, rethink public amenities as valuable contributions to larger urban policy needs to be developed and integrated. The new objectives should focus on enriching public amenities and safeguarding socio-cultural heritage. Such an approach, in parallel to conventional economic policies, will intensify job opportunities, youth development, public health, and community growth, while sustaining historical sites and remarkable public structures.

Many great European cities, as well as the world’s famous tourist destinations, have made the list of “Must See Places” not because their policy makers tolerated demolishing of their history, architecture, public amenities and communal spaces. In fact it’s quite the opposite. The law makers as well as the public in those cities have habitually identified places of interest and invested not only in preserving them but also in cleverly repurposing such amenities. Yes, preservation is the key word we all understand and support to a degree, but preservation has not been fully embrace in American urban design. It is simply because ignoring preservation is easier, cheaper and faster; however this is only true in the short-term view!

Submitted by: Amir Safvat

Published on May 2, 2017

February 16th, Zoning Meeting at City Hall

The Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee held a meeting on Thursday, February 16th and I was able to attend. There was some confusion on the purpose of the meeting, so I thought to share some details to provide better context and history of this case to everyone. Late in October 2015, the City Council Housing Committee was briefed on the issue of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The Housing Committee directed the staff to conduct a meeting to gather input from Dallas residents on whether to allow accessory dwelling units and their potential impact on neighbors and neighborhoods.

The February 16th meeting purpose was to review considerations for amending the Dallas development code to create regulations to allow accessory dwelling units. Our district councilman Mr. Kingston was among participants and an advocate for this case. He and many lower Greenville and M-Street residents present at the meeting thought this was a great option to allow regulated affordable housing for low income individuals. This allows low-income residents to afford living within the popular inner city neighborhoods, where the cost of living and housing have been rapidly increasing.

There was no decision made, and the case is still in the review phase. I anticipate approval of this case, although it will not directly impact Bryan Place. It actually might be a good move for many Dallas homeowners who can benefit from additional income. More importantly, it will give the city the authority to regulate life safety, constructability, and code compliance of such units within our neighborhoods and adjacent areas. And it will ultimately make the practice of renting a garage apartment or mother-in-law suite safer due to such regulations.

In short, ADUs have always been somewhat permitted in Dallas zoning; however such living units have not been always regulated. I have submitted two case reports and a meeting agenda from this meeting for anyone who is interested to find out more details. These can be downloaded via our association web page.

Published on March 6, 2017

March 2017 Yard of the Month

Wow! Winter passed through mildly, now spring has sprung in Dallas. March’s Bryan Place Neighborhood Association Yard of the Month gave us a little preview of spring. Heather Bradford’s yard, at 3220 Lakenheath, had a lovely cluster of bright yellow daffodils. Daffodils break up the winter doldrums and are messengers that the blossoms and colors of spring are coming.

Published on March 1, 2017

2017 Board of Directors/Committee Selection

BPSPA needs volunteers to join the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 season. A successful pool season can only be maintained by the incredible volunteers for each position. It is a team effort, whereby you meet new people and ensure quality and growth of the pool surroundings. In addition, a year of free membership is offered after completion of an elected season. Election will be held at the annual general meeting in March 2017.

The following positions need to be filled:

  • President – oversee the financial and maintenance operations for the pool and grounds
  • Vice President – support the BPSPA President
  • Building and Grounds – plan and supervise all construction, repairs and maintenance of pool and grounds
  • Social – (can be combined with Secretary/Communications) manage BPSPA calendar functions
  • Membership – facilitate new member applications

For more detailed information regarding the positions, please visit the BPSPA Website or contact the existing Board members.

Published on February 9, 2017

The Lakewood Theater is now an Official historic Landmark

Dallas City Council voted 15-0 Wednesday to designate the 78-year-old Lakewood Theater an official City of Dallas landmark. The process started in early 2016 without the owner’s consent. But, finally, it is done—and with the blessings of the Lakewood’s owners, Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham.

Preservationists and neighborhood residents first became concerned about the theater’s fate in November 2014. Preservationists feared that the Perry Nichols’ murals would be removed and didn’t trust that the tower would survive the intended makeover. If you want to read the entire article, see http://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2016/09/14/lakewood-theater-soul-east-dallas-nowofficial-historic-landmark.

Published on January 7, 2017

A Glance Back at 2016

We have lived within few miles from the heart of Dallas since moving to Bryan Place late October 2014. Remarkably, North Texas’ home market ran up the score last October, with big gains in prices and sales. Median home sales prices last month were 12 percent higher compare to sales in October 2015. Many people have been relocating to Texas to fill the new jobs and continue to strengthen housing demand in the area to new levels and keeping property inventories low. It is not a surprise why we notice many vehicles with the out-of-state plates on the roads when driving to work or during daily commutes around town.

Bryan Place, and in general East Dallas, has gained notable character and ambiance and has evolved into a transitional, established, upscale and yet an affordable in-town neighborhood of diverse demographic and unique urban fabric. Henderson Avenue has competed with Lower Greenville and Deep Ellum over restaurants, shops and entertainment. Ross Avenue, Live Oak Street, and Gaston Avenue have become single family housing arteries, connecting many older neighborhoods to the heart of downtown throughout 2016 and yet constructions are still up and cranes are running around the clock.

I envision East Dallas to continue developing as a dense, mixed inner-city where quality of life, public amenities, green spaces, and cultural institutions act together as an immense magnet to attract new residences and businesses. A whole new demographic is discovering East Dallas and downtown. I suspect and hope this dynamic will only intensify in 2017 and the years to come, despite parking issues of a concern, I see this as a positive growth for Bryan Place and Dallas.

Published on January 7, 2017