Hinga Mbogo opened his auto repair shop along Ross Avenue in Dallas, Texas more than 30 years ago, and served satisfied customers there up until 2016. Owning his own business was the American Dream he’d been chasing since 1974, when he immigrated to the United States from Kenya.
But now Dallas has forced him to move his business from the building he owns to a less desirable space, and is seeking to fine him more than $300,000. Why? Because, as one city council member put it, Dallas needed to shut down Hinga’s garage in order to make room for businesses like Starbucks and the Macaroni Grill.
Using zoning laws to destroy small businesses isn’t just wrong, it is also illegal, which is why the Institute for Justice is representing Hinga for free in his lawsuit.
What the city is doing is tantamount to a slow-motion condemnation, but without compensation. It is state-mandated gentrification.
We want to paint a mural on the side of Hinga's building protesting the city's actions.
* The mural should be designed to fit on a wall approximately 115 feet long and 12 feet high. It will be installed on the northwest wall of Hinga’s garage located at 3516 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX.
* The mural should in some way protest the city’s actions to shut down Hinga’s Ross Ave garage. The message should be large enough to be understandable from the street. It should be simple enough to paint using paint rollers (e.g. no color blending or difficult gradients).
* Designers can and should read the background on Hinga's lawsuit here: http://ij.org/case/dallas-amortization/
* You can watch a video about the case here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AurKGWXGvfY