Letters: Wednesday, August 18, 2004
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
What About Evans

To the editor: Thank you for publishing Betty’s Brink’s report on Evans Avenue (“Dreams Diverted,” Aug. 4, 2004). It is an excellent, complex article that will take many readings to digest, yet I know it is only part of the story.

I have been very concerned about Evans Avenue and other blighted areas of our city, for many years. Every time city leaders spend money on development elsewhere in the city of Fort Worth, I feel bad. What about Evans Avenue? What about the other neighborhoods where poor taxpayers live — good, law-abiding, moral people surrounded by unabated crime, neglected streets and buildings, and piles of trash?

I am glad to learn more about Shirley Lewis and her efforts. I’m glad to learn of others we can rely on. If Jim Austin did wrong, it is a terrible shame and is not consistent with the Jim Austin I know, who for many years has tried to uplift Evans Avenue with his efforts in the Renaissance Cultural Center and other projects.

There is much more to the story of Evans Avenue that needs telling. It is a valuable part of Fort Worth. Mayor Moncrief and every other mayor of our past and all city leaders ought to be ashamed for allowing this historic neighborhood to wallow for so long in crime, degradation and neglect.

Unfortunately, those in power may not have much motivation to clean up Evans Avenue-East Rosedale-Stop Six-Como-etc. because a great deal of money is made from the illegal drug trade. The sellers and buyers of such drugs and the prostitution that goes with them live everywhere and are people of all economic levels, colors, national origins, and religions.

Abigail Brown

Edgecliff Village



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