By Susan Harper
It recently came to light that the League of Neighborhoods, which in the past had represented neighborhood perspectives to the city council and other departments, is no longer able to be effective and has been replaced in most parts of the city by Neighborhood Alliances, represently more specific groups of neighborhoods with common interests. (see map). Additionally, the League is no longer registered with the city.
One of the first noticeable things about the neighborhood alliances map (besides the large corridor along I-35 that isn’t represented, including all of Ross Perot’s development) is the gray area just south of the city's center which includes Fairmount. It appeared that our residential neighborhoods in the central city needed to create an Alliance that would give them a voice to the city council and other city departments as growth and change affected our homes and our lives: gas drilling and fracking, Tower 55, coal and toxic chemicals moving by rail through our neighborhoods, light rail stations, rental registration and mixed use development, hospital expansion, TCU expansion. All of these things will affect us for positive or negative and our neighborhoods need to be a presence at the table when the decisions are made.
Presidents of Ryan Place, Mistletoe Heights, Berkeley, Paschal, South Hemphill Heights and Jennings May St. Louis (see map) are the neighborhoods with the most commonality. These neighborhoods met and received input from Fort Worth South, the Fort Worth Neighborhood Office and the Hemphill Corridor Task Force. Over the course of this last year, the attorneys among the group have reviewed several of the bylaws that were received from the city and developed bylaws for the Near Southside Neighborhood Alliance (see link below). They were reviewed at the last meeting and accepted for the purposes of presentation to individual associations together with officers for the first year.
The Fairmount Neighborhood Association is currently reviewing whether or not to participate in this alliance and is taking input as well as seeking a representative at this time. Please contact Steve Halliday, FNA president at firstname.lastname@example.org, to address any concerns or provide input.