We need leadership that understands how community economic development can translate into increased jobs, a reduction in blighted areas and a better quality of life for existing residents; while attracting newcomers that see the potential of living in this historic community. As your Councilperson, I will fight to improve the quality of life in this community by immediately calling for increased street lighting and surveillance cameras throughout District 7, and for increased training for Animal Control officers to subdue stray dogs on sight and increase the number of traps set in hot spot areas.
The impending threat of gentrification around the greater neighborhoods of Fair Park is real. We have plenty of examples of how Dallas has gentrified communities in the past. As your Councilperson, I will fight to preserve our communities by implementing a Homestead Preservation District to prevent displacement of existing homeowners. And despite the direction from the Mayor’s task force on Fair Park, I have advocated for an open, more community-inclusive plan for the Park, that will create the type of year-round interest in this area that will spur community economic development and result in economic benefits for residents of this District.
As your Councilperson, I will also add my voice to the call for the review of the city-owned Land Bank program and fight for a review of how the city housing department handles HUD program funding.
Finally, I have met with residents throughout the community and have been encouraged to seek this office. I’m committed to making sure that all of the residents in District 7 know they will be included in every decision I make as their Councilperson, and I will maintain an open door policy so they understand this is their office and I will be held accountable to them.