An Empty Storefront, and a Heart Full of Memory

On mornings when I’m walking Daisy, and on evenings when Dennise and me are out to dinner here, I think about these empty storefronts on Lowest Greenville. Despite the teaming life on Lowest Greenville right now, these spots are empty.
They are the place where the old Poor David’s Pub used to be, owned by our friend, David Card​.


I have such memories of that room. My first open mics ever, were in that room….often hanging out with Annie​ and Kendall​. My CD release party was there in 2001…we packed the the place with 300 people…and that’s not a preacher number either. (That’s the night Kathleen Baskin-Ball, and Bill Ball remet, making history….for you Methodists reading along…)

But David moved his place to Southside on Lamar some years after that.

The crime had gotten too bad. The rents were too high. And the city was too unresponsive. So, David…and a whole lot of the old guard on Lowest Greenville…left.

It seems like such a shame to me today. Because the sidewalks are now wide and walkable. There are tons of new eateries and bars….families hang out there. People walk their dogs there.

The crime rate has fallen dramatically. The community “feeling” is better.

And it would be a perfect addition for Poor David’s to be in that spot. And I think about it every time I pass there.

But here’s the reality….

Had David and many others NOT taken action….not stirred the pot….not spoken up….perhaps nothing would have ever changed on Lowest Greenville.

It’s very likely, in fact.

These changes happened because folks cared enough to stand up and speak out. Maybe it never would have happened it he’d just stayed silent and stayed in place. It makes you think.

Social change is never easy. It’s awkward.

Beautiful new things are always being born…like the revitalization of Lowest Greenville.

But there’s a lot of pain and pushing at the Powers That Be in order to make that change happen.
Worth remembering.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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