Over 3,000 Dallas Code Compliance Violations in April Involved Litter

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The City of Dallas logged more than 3,000 code compliance violations involving litter in April, with a few Dallas City Council districts standing out for the number of violations clocked.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, polling indicates residents have been displeased with “the amount of trash, litter, or junk” found strewn about their neighborhoods and “elsewhere in the City of Dallas.”

The City’s purported deficiencies in managing the problem have prompted groups like the Metroplex Civic & Business Association (MCBA) to organize their own adopt-a-block cleanup programs.

According to the City of Dallas code compliance performance dashboard, Council Member Adam Bazaldua’s District 7 saw the most litter-related code violations in April, with 728. This was followed by Council Member Carolyn King Arnold’s District 4, with 505 violations, and then Council Member Tennell Atkins’ District 8, with 351. All three council districts are situated in southern Dallas.

The 11 other council districts logged fewer than 300 violations in April.

When looking at the data from the framework of City service areas, the southeast accounted for 36.1% of the violations, and south central accounted for 22.9%.

The total number of violations under consideration comprises two categories of offense: “litter on private property, alley or parkway” and “litter on vacant lots and commercial properties.”

As previously reported by DX, former City Manager T.C. Broadnax’s planned departure has spurred discussion over his successor’s priorities.

“It’s important that any new city manager is focused on core City services,” said MCBA CEO Louis Darrouzet in a previous statement to DX. “We would like to see the City get back to meeting the core needs of the city and cut back on peripheral spending.”

Despite the City’s large budget, its delivery of services has purportedly been a source of dissatisfaction among residents. Poor road maintenance, increasing crime, litter in the streets and parks, and the prevalence of homelessness have been cited by residents as key points of dissatisfaction in polling conducted by DX and the City’s own satisfaction survey.

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