Recently I was asked to speak at an event hosted by the Texas Center for Community Journalism in Fort Worth, Texas. The event allowed me to get out of town for a few days, see my sister in Texas, and catch a basketball game while we were there.
What the trip also allowed me to see was the Oak Cliff neighborhood between Dallas and Fort Worth.
The neighborhood was the subject of quite a bit of innovation and change over the last decade due to a group of people that decided to turn their neighborhood into a “Better Block.”
What was once a drive through the neighborhood with few shops, boarded-up buildings, and little to do slowly became a walkable, fun, vibrant place to be with just a little leadership and vision. They had added an amazing barbecue place as well. I wasn’t complaining.
I would encourage everyone to Google “Team Better Block” and read a little about that group. Then think about some of the changes you would like to see in Marion County and what it would take to see those things happen.
It doesn’t take a big government push or a big company to change this place. It just takes some vision and some leadership from a few strong-willed people who want to see something good happen. Take a look.
– Joey Young, Publisher