Joined Oct. 28, 2011
11 months, 1 week agosean2649's comment on:
I live in Deep Ellum and I go to Fair Park all the time to ride my bike or go for a walk. Sometimes it seems like I am the only person there. I have never felt unsafe. My wife does the same, sometimes with me and sometimes alone.
Living in Deep Ellum, I know how misperceptions of crime problems and notions that an area are "not safe" take root and won't go away no matter how false they are. The police here tell me that Uptown is far more dangerous than Deep Ellum, but no one has that perception. Before I hear that Fair Park is not safe, I need to hear real crime stats. Sure, the surrounding neighborhood is rough. But I have never heard nor seen one lick of evidence that Fair Park itself is remotely unsafe. Statistically I bet you would have a far greater chance of getting mugged in a mall parking lot than in Fair Park.
There are huge parking lots and straightaways besides the railroad tracks on the back side of Fair Park. They do not seem well utilized, and perhaps could be the subject of some redevelopment. More than anything, Fair Park just needs people to get over their fear and come explore the damn place. There is no better place in Dallas to come for a quiet walk or ride.
1 year, 6 months agosean2649's comment on:
The Deep Ellum Urban Gardens are a volunteer driven project of the Deep Ellum Community Association with the support of the entire neighborhood, including the Deep Ellum TIF Board and the Deep Ellum Foundation with incredible cooperation and assistance from the City of Dallas. It is an expensive project and the Crowdtilt campaign is our way to reach out to the community at large not only for funds, but to generate enthusiasm, participation, and momentum. Anyone looking for more information or to get involved can email the Deep Ellum Community Association at firstname.lastname@example.org. The widespread community participation and support has been much appreciated!