My Take on Metal Recyclers in the Trinity River Corridor

I listened and watched very intently to today’s City Council Briefing, regarding the issue of metal recyclers in the Trinity River Corridor. Some went on and on about the metal businesses and how they should stay in the same place.

95% of the focus was about how wrong the city is to ask recyclers to move off of South Lamar Street in South Dallas and other areas. Very little was said about the residents that have had to put up with these places for decades.

No one disputed the visual blight and the noxious fumes that are emitted by metal recyclers. While their services are obviously needed, there are too many of them located in a small area of south Dallas and Cadillac Heights.

The fact is that most of these places have been allowed to exist in lower-income communities in Dallas.

The Trinity River Project is not just about businesses, it’s also about residents. It’s easy to say metal recyclers should stay where they are when you are blessed enough to live far away from where they wreak havoc on communities.

Times change, and from time to time various areas of Dallas are rezoned. As a result, sometimes businesses have to cease operations in that are within a given time period.

Why all the fuss over South Lamar? With the exception of the closing of Woodward Paint and Body, there was a lot less outcry when Ross Avenue was rezoned. I hope there is not a double-standard at work in the City of Dallas.

Something has to be done, and I believe the City Council as a whole will realize that it’s time for these places to go. At the very least, the bad actors should be made to shape up or ship out. They cannot continue to exist in their current state.

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One Response to “My Take on Metal Recyclers in the Trinity River Corridor”

  1. Glenn Says:

    Shut them down. The problem is that Lakewood and Kessler Park are not located at Eight & Corinth. This would be a easy vote if they where. These business would be very accepted in small communities that need industrial development. They are inappropriate for large industrialize cities. However, if the owners of the four recycleing centers (junk yards) on Industrial(Riverfront Blvd.) buy homes in the Cedar Crest neighborhood and bring their families there they can stay open.

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