Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs Panders to His Oak Cliff Hipster Base

Photo by Bradford Pearson
Photo by Bradford Pearson

Missed this photo, snapped by Bradford Pearson of our sister People Newspapers, when it appeared on Oak Cliff People‘s website yesterday.

It’s Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs’ official portrait at City Hall. As Brad notes:

He’s playing to his base by not only posing in front of The Kessler, but also propping a bike up against the doors.


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  • downtown_worker

    The words “pander” and “base” are for national politics that are usually controversial or divisive. There is nothing controversial about posing in front of a building in his own district or showing a bike. This story is a bit pointless.

  • Amy

    At least it’s his own bike…

  • Ol’ J.W.

    Thank God there’s a hipster base to pander to here in Dallas,

  • @Downtown_worker: Yes, “pander” and “base” are ridiculous words for me to have used. I apologize.

    I don’t know how I could have expected anyone to take me seriously, writing something like that.

  • Bittershite

    Is it really pandering if it’s sincere and free of irony?

  • JasonM

    On the contrary, the presence of bikes on city streets is a divisive political issue.

    Look at the surprisingly strong troglodyte opposition to bike lanes and bike plans, ranging from benighted Arlington to enlightened New York City. US auto drivers have a huge sense of entitlement that they shouldn’t have to share the road. Look at any internet discussion of bikes vs. cars, and there will be a hate-filled comment thread where the two sides spew bile at teach other.

    So, all irony aside, he may very well be making a political statement that yes, bikes belong here, get used to them!

  • mynameisbill

    I’m with ya, JasonM, and that’s why I believe all bikes that wish to use public roads should be licensed, registered, and insured….just like the other road inhabitants! Lets make it equal…

  • Hannibal Lecter

    JasonM, sharing the road is great. Dedicated bike lanes is not sharing. Speaking as a motorist, they are an inefficient use of limited road space and tax dollars. Speaking as a cyclist, I do not wish to be ghettoized into a broken glass-strewn gutter, waiting for the inevitable car door to open in front of me.

    You’re either for sharing or you’re for dedicated bike lanes. You can’t be for both. Me, I’ll take sharing.

  • Mick

    So, I take it the North O.C. is Wick’s new political doppelganger like Angela Hunt was a few years ago? http://bit.ly/xeYrzb. We get it, Mr. Allison, you don’t like the area’s growing clout.

  • @MicK: I hate to disappoint you, but my article about the streetcar, which you link to, has nothing to do with discontent over the rise of OC political voice. In fact, I see it has a pro-OC article that is advocating for a public transportation system that truly achieves the goals voiced by those who are advocating for the streetcar. A streetcar in OC will have limited impact on the practical, day-to-day use by the vast majority of people in the neighborhood, and it will have zero impact on neighborhoods all around Dallas that will never see streetcar expansion to their neck of the woods because streetcar systems are too expensive to build out in a city as widely spread out as Dallas. I think there are smarter ways of approaching the public transit problem, and, in fact, after that piece was published, I received a number of emails supporting it from people in Oak Cliff, where I live.

    But I do agree with you that my colleagues’ post is unnecessarily snide. How is Griggs pandering if this photo is in city hall? How often is his ‘base’ filing through Marilla St.? That’s why I agree with @JasonM’s comment, and also @Bittershite’s comment. Because when someone rides their bike from Stevens Park to their law firm in Addison everyday for years on end, then they can put that bike in a damn photo, especially if it is a subtle indication that a neighborhood’s council representative shares values with the constituents that put him there — and he practices what he preaches.