10/13/03 Taking it the Street
Saturday, a group of citizens showed up in front of a
sports bar and let it be known that we do not want another sex club on Walnut
Hill Ln. We come from neighborhoods north and south of Walnut Hill just
east of Brockbank. Some of the people demonstrating have lived in the area
over 30 years. Some of us are newcomers who have just purchased homes and
don't want to see our investments go down the tubes because a bunch of perverts
want another outlet.
The sports bar behind us was to be converted to a men's club. Like there
aren't two of those places right across Walnut Hill down Composite (out to be
called Compost)! The difference is that you can drive down Walnut Hill to
or from Stemmons and not know that Texas Show Girls and Cabaret Royale are down
Composite -- or you can pretend not to know. The Pugsley's Library site is
an entirely different issue. You not only can see it from Stemmons, you
cannot miss it from Walnut Hill.
We have families living in our neighborhoods -- not to mention the hundreds of
children living in over-crowded apartment complexes that City Hall has no
intention of ever monitoring or trying to regulate. Our residents (adults
or children) do not
deserve to have sex clubs signs thrust in their faces whenever they are on an
The pictures below were taken early in the morning. Other people were there
later in the day. A couple and their two daughters joined us to demonstrate
before the girls went to their soccer game. One young Hispanic father was
there after lunch. His wife was home with their two little girls. It
was a very mixed group -- just like our neighborhoods.
I have to tell you, the day was a lot of fun. Most of the people who
carried signs had never done something like that -- never, ever. We had
two men park their cars and come demonstrate with us because they believed in
what we were doing. Several people pulled over to thank us. A few
pulled over to say something else.
We know where we live. We know it is not
the Park Cities. We like our mixed community. We have retirees,
young families and lots of us in between. We have good stores to buy
groceries and other stuff. We have great (and affordable) places to eat like The Wild
Turkey. We have the Parker Chiropractic College. We have Miller
Electric and many other responsible and respectable businesses. It's a
convenient and great place to live.
5 television stations
covered our gathering of Geezers against Perverts.
We were happy to
be there because the response we got from the passing cars was
overwhelmingly supportive. As one man said, so far it's 10 thumbs
to 1 finger. That was the ratio much of the day. Of course, Ch.
8 was there when two women drove up who claimed to be dancers at Cabaret Royale
and tried to convince us that there's no sexual activity in their sexually
oriented businesses. Neither one looked up to the standards the sex
clubs promote on their
Until just a few months ago, we had a major
prostitution problem on Walnut Hill Ln. The night I rode with the
police officers, this area in front of Pugsley's and Composite just West of
the Burger King were pretty much Ground Zero for the hookers negotiating
their deals. Their pimps were positioned over at the gas stations, and
it was pretty dreadful.
Barbara and Carolyn have
lived in their respective neighborhoods a long time. Both
are active in their crime watch groups. This is a crime prevention issue
for us. Granted, we are concerned about a sex club's negative impact on our
residential neighborhoods and legitimate businesses we want on Walnut
Hill. However, the
aesthetics and economics of having a sex club near our neighborhoods is not
as important as the crime we know will follow. It always does.
The guys who leave these sex clubs are usually a bit tipsy and have cash in
their pockets. The bad guys see them as easy pickings.
The man in the pink shirt is
an area businessman who came back to help us on his day off because
he knows a sex club on Walnut Hill would be a killer for his business.
We had much more success than we
could have dreamed. Supposedly, the applicants have withdrawn their
purchase offer for the land and the signs announcing the proposed application
for a sex club have been removed. The applicants will have to start over
if they want to do this bad thing at this location again.
One reason most of us oppose the Mayor's idea for a Red Light district is we
have several big, fancy whore houses near Stemmons already. Told you about
Cabaret Royale and Texas Show Girls, but Baby Dolls is still in our area just
further West on NW Highway. Then there's La Bare and several other whore
houses on NW Highway just west of Stemmons. None of them are going to move
to another area to be part of a "Red Light district". It would not
surprise us to hear some call for designating the area between Harry Hines and
Stemmons between LBJ and NW Highway as party central for perverts.
Of course, some council members are looking at the Naval Base for a Red Light
District. That is stupid!
The real solution is to shut them down with restrictions that make it impossible
for these houses of prostitution to do the stuff that makes them so much money.
The City Atty is finally coming forward with some recommendations that we have
begged to see. She wants that 6-foot separation between dancers and their
patrons. No direct tipping and no touching. The dancers and their
patrons will be required to in full view of the manager. That means no
touching, no private dancing, no lap dancing.
Couple those restrictions with the new laws out of Austin regarding private
clubs that are fronts for sex clubs, and we have a fighting chance of having
less of these sex clubs in our city limits.
It's time for our City Atty to be bold. It's time for her to be proactive.
She needs to learn to say "No" to these sex clubs and just let them sue us.
We get sued all the time anyway. When our City Atty stands up for our
rights, she usually wins.
This time our neighborhoods won. The men and women and children who walked
that stretch of Walnut Hill Saturday morning are neighbors and Dallas taxpayers.
It's time that they come first at City Hall.
Let's do this again at some other location -- as many times as it takes to
tell the perverts to get a girlfriend or stay home,