Facebook is not just for sucking your valuable time. It’s a place where, if utilized correctly, you can become as informed as you want to be about our neighborhood. Here is a sampling of pages and groups that help Advocate editors stay in the loop.

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Five Facebook pages where neighbors go to stay in the know

1,048

people belong to the “Save White Rock Lake” public group. While a relatively small group, its members include influential neighborhood activists, city officials, leaders of area organizations and editors of local news outlets. Notes the admin, it’s “a “non-partisan forum for citizens concerned with all proposals to pave, develop or otherwise compromise one of the best things in Dallas, White Rock Lake.”

2,010

folks follow the Facebook page of “Mark Clayton for Dallas City Council District 9
where the Lakewood/East Dallas-representing city councilman interacts with users and answers questions when he can. He shares information about public meetings, developments at City Hall and other items that affect D9.

3,569

Facebook users belong to the “White Rock Lake! That’s My Hood … just another Facebook Group Now” page, which in mid January changed from a “closed” to a “public” group; that also is when the exiting admin added the “just another Facebook Group Now” to the group’s name. Prior to the name alteration, the group had rules including, “no ads, political posts, jobs wanted or lost pet posts.” Now, the group allows “begging for your $$$, personal religious posts, babysitter ads …” In fact, notes the former admin, “post whatever …” By the time you read this, who knows how the group will look, but the archives, with myriad lovely posts and photos related to White Rock Lake, should still be accessible.

10,328

members belong to the “Lakewood, Dallas” group. It is a closed group, but, as evidenced by the large membership, the admins aren’t too discriminating. Discussions frequently lean witty and amusing, while informative  — just have a thick skin if you inject yourself into said conversations.

20,874

folks follow the “East Dallas, Texas Latino” page, created to keep users updated on current events in the area — “If you were born raised or live in the area, this page is for you,” notes its founder. Tap into a trove of neighborhood news, events, videos and photos. Most posts are in English; many conversations happen in Spanish, but there is always Facebook’s “translate” function if needed.

BONUS

13,226

Facebookers follow the “Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate” page, where readers can see the stories of the day. Remember, every week the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate posts 10 or more stories that you will not see in the printed magazine. It all shows up on our Facebook feed, where you can comment and see what other readers have to say.

What we’re reading

249

Dallas Public Library cardholders borrowed “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” from the Lakewood, Lochwood or Skillman-Southwestern libraries in 2016, making it the top non-fiction book in circulation at East Dallas’ branches in 2016.

157

borrows of “Out of the Dark” made it the most popular film at the Lakewood branch in 2016.

102

borrows of “Four decades of folk rock” made it the most requested CD in Lakewood in 2016.

1,700,744

was the total circulation in 2016 between our neighborhood’s four branches (Lakewood, Lochwood,
Skillman-Southwestern and White Rock)

Clean eating?

In some big cities, such as New York and Boston, restaurants’ food inspection grades are posted in windows. In Dallas, diners have to dig a bit deeper for the details of an establishment’s latest food inspection scores. If this snapshot isn’t enough, dive into the city’s database, where you can search by restaurant name or address, at dallascityhall.com/departments/codecompliance/restaurantandbar.

Food Inspection Scores ratings; 2 Random inspections are conducted per year at most food-service facilities

3,149 

food service inspections — out of some 20,000 citywide — were recorded in the East Dallas zip codes 75214, 75218, 75205, 75223 and 75204, January 2015 through November 2016 (includes routine, follow-up and complaint-related inspections, all conducted by a licensed sanitarian from the City of Dallas Consumer Health Division).

40

failing scores were given (1.27% of all East Dallas-area inspections).

FIVE

of those who failed did not pass upon re-inspection, to date (.16% of all East Dallas-area inspections).

118

neighborhood establishments received passing, but not good, scores (3.75% of all East Dallas-area inspections).

Outliers: Inspectors visit most restaurants twice per year. Most pass routine inspections. Others need a few more tries.

10

inspections were conducted at Cock & Bull Neighborhood Pub throughout 2015 and 2016; half resulted in “unacceptable” or “failing” scores (57, 58, 68, 100, 79, 60, 72, 88, 63 and, most current, 85).

FOUR

inspections conducted at White Rock Bar & Grill in the months before its closure; half resulted in failing scores, followed by a “good” and a “pass” (50, 52, 83, 76).

2,991

establishments that ultimately earned a “good” or “very good” grade, in some cases upon a follow-up inspection to a low score (about 95% of all area inspections resulted in scores of 80-100).

*Yelp based its list of The best 10 Restaurants near Lakewood by using an algorithm that considered both the number of reviews and the star rating for each location. Food inspection scores only represent a snapshot of the facility at the time of inspection, note Dallas Code Compliance specialists.

10 “best” restaurants and how they fared* in health inspection in East Dallas45.9% of the city’s dog friendly food establishments exist in the East Dallas vicinity. Proprietors of these 34 restaurants, of which there are 74 citywide, are permitted to welcome pups on their patios.


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