Get Out! Longtime Auto Shop Kicked Out of Dallas Neighborhood

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DALLAS -- A Dallas man made his last stand at City Hall Wednesday, in an effort to save his successful 30-year-old auto repair business.

The city's been trying for over a decade to zone Hinga's Automotive out of its Ross Avenue location, in accordance with the city's plan to renovate the neighborhood.

Armed with a petition with over 80,000 signatures -- 1,700 of them from Dallas residents -- Hinga Mbogo went before the City Council to plead his case.

"It just makes my blood boil," Mbogo told reporters before the meeting. "It shouldn't happen in this country!"

And he wasn't alone. Dozens of folks rallied around Mbogo.

"We're supporting Hinga," said Daniel Serralde. "It feels terrible that they're trying to rob a man out of his American dream."

"He's there for me whenever I need," said Lee McMillan, a long-time customer of Hinga's. "I really don't know what I would do."

After hours of passionate arguments from both sides, the City Council decided not to allow Mbogo to continue doing his repair business at his current location.

While he'll still own the land, and has a leasing deal with a new shop a few miles away, it seems Hinga's Automotive may well have served its last customer on Ross Avenue.

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