Photo: City of Dallas via Unfair Park
Burton Knight is a smart fellow — he has a horticulture degree from my alma mater, Texas A&M University — but all the wits in the world might not be enough to win a fight against Dallas City Hall.
If you’ll recall, Knight xeriscaped his Junius Heights front yard with Texas native plants and gravel, which earned him admiration from his neighbors and a citation from the city, who says his lack of lawn makes his home historically inappropriate. That’s a big no-no in Junius Heights, a designated conservation district.
Still, he’s presented two alternative plans that help maintain most of his landscape as is to the city’s Landmark Commission. Read the report from Eric Nicholson on Unfair Park.
This story was the impetus for a question we asked Dallas City Council candidates running in the May 7 election. Early voting ends today, so go out and make your choice. If you haven’t already checked our our collection of questionnaires, you can take a gander on how they view the issues right here.