Neighborhood Alliance recently hosted two forums with the City of OKC on the topic of abandoned and neglected properties in OKC. They were two of the most popular workshops we have ever held, with preregistration filling to capacity within a day. Russell Claus, OKC’s Director of Planning and the impetus for the forums, remarked, “I guess we hit a nerve.”
These two sessions were only the beginning of the conversation on Abandoned Properties. There is still a lot to be learned and a lot of citizens to be heard. To help this conversation along, we have provided some links below that we hope you will find useful:
All of the OKC residents are bursting with pride in what is happening in this City. Bricktown, Devon Tower, Thunder, low unemployment and low cost of living all contribute to a great feeling of pride that is city wide right now. At Neighborhood Alliance we too are proud of this world-class City atmosphere we have all helped create, but we are bursting with pride over the smaller accomplishments…the beautiful, unique neighborhoods that we all call home.
We are proud of Meadowbrook Acres, located at the base of the energy giant, Chesapeake. They are a small, artsy kind of neighborhood with a rich history. When they saw their neighborhood being swallowed up they went knocking on the giants door. After all, that is what neighbors do. The giant talked with them and together they created a plan to save the neighborhood and to even make some improvements. They were not intimidated by the wealth or size of Chesapeake, they treated them just like a neighbor and it worked.
We are proud of Mayfair West, located along N. May Ave. near NW 45th St. This neighborhood is filled with tidy, mid-century modern homes and young couples with young children. They created a Neighborhood Association that is unique and fits their needs: they have scrapbooking classes, decorating swap meets, wine and cheese parties, and neighborhood wide play dates for the kids. They are a social, relatively crime free neighborhood that has people snatching up homes as soon as they go on sale. The neighborhood association worked hard to create that feel and they have succeeded.
We are proud of College Hill neighborhood located near the beautiful Mt. St. Mary’s High School on SW 25th St. This predominately Hispanic neighborhood has a very active neighborhood association that has raised money to install beautiful ornamental lights, participated in a “front porch” project where they remodeled the front porches of 6 seniors in the neighborhood so they could spend more time outdoors and be part of the social feel of those around them, and they are currently taking orders for homemade tamales to raise funds for their future projects. They are a tidy, well kept, tight neighborhood that meets the needs of their neighbors and the Association is proud of all it has accomplished.
We could go on forever talking about the over 400 different neighborhood associations in the OKC area and how they all contribute to making this City the ‘world-class’ community that it is. It makes it easier to persuade corporations like Boeing and Dell to locate in our City when their executives see the great neighborhoods their employees can call home.
Neighborhood Alliance is a 35 year old non-profit agency housed in the old firehouse at NW 36th and Classen and provides services to over 400 different neighborhoods throughout the Metro OKC. Becoming a neighborhood leader and organizing and maintaining a neighborhood does not come easy. That is why all neighborhoods depend on the work of Neighborhood Alliance. Through seminars, training classes and one-on-one advocacy neighborhoods receive the tools needed to make each neighborhood safe, beautiful and healthy.
As a non-profit organization Neighborhood Alliance is dependant on donations to exist and April through June is the annual fundraising drive. When you donate to Neighborhood Alliance you are supporting the fabric of our City and great neighborhoods like Meadowbrook Acres, Mayfair Heights, College Hill or even your own neighborhood. Tax deductible donations can be made through the website at www.nacok.org or by mailing a check to Neighborhood Alliance, 1236 NW 36th St., Okc, Ok, 73118.
After all, what good is Bricktown or a Thunder game if we don’t have safe and great neighborhoods to go home to when the downtown fun is all over?
In OKC we are proud of our unique neighborhoods. From the quirky Paseo District, to the historic Edgemere Park to the beautifully manicured Cleveland, we have neighborhoods of all flavors! If you love OKC and her hidden jewels, then join us for Neighborworks Week, June 4-9. All OKC residents, church groups, business groups, corporations, Scout troops, etc. are asked to volunteer their efforts in one of 5 different low income neighborhoods to show them we all care!
During Neighborworks Week we will join hundreds of other Cities from across the United States in doing something to honor the value of Neighborhoods and the role they play in our quality of life. In OKC we are concentrating our efforts on 5 low income neighborhoods: Classen Ten Penn (near NW 16th and Classen), Culbertson East Highland (near NW 8th and Lottie), The Paseo and Jefferson Park area (near NW 23rd between Robinson and Western), Capitol Hill (near SW 25th and Western), and Classens North Highland Parked (near NE 13th and Walnut) .
The residents in all of these neighborhoods have already met and created long range and short range goals for their future. They will be working to improve their neighborhoods over the next several years in hopes of creating a more beautiful, safer and healthier living environment for all residents. During Neighborworks Week we are asking all residents of OKC to help them “kick-start” their revitalization efforts by volunteering in these neighborhoods.
No matter where you live, we all need to work together to strengthen each other’s environment. During the first week of June volunteers will help plant flowers, paint structures, pick up trash, revamp park equipment, plants trees…and just show the residents of these neighborhoods that their City is behind them and they can make their neighborhood dreams come true.
Grab you co-workers, your neighbors, your friends or your social group and call Neighborhood Alliance (528-6322) to sign up today. You can choose any day and any time during the day to volunteer. Your group will be given specific instructions, locations and tools needed to do your volunteer job.
All volunteers will be honored at a picnic on Saturday, June 9 from 11am-1pm. Contact Neighborhood Alliance at 528-6322 or Georgie@nacok.org to get more information on how you can sign up to participate.
Neighborworks Week is sponsored by Neighborhood Alliance, The City of OKC and Neighborhood Housing Services.