Stop Six in District 5 has been selected as the first Neighborhood Improvement Strategy target area

The Stop Six Neighborhood Profile Area (shown in red) is a statistical area the city uses for planning purposes.
The area outlined in yellow is the target area where the pilot program will be concentrated.

Stop Six press conference Thursday, Sept. 14

A press conference  provided updates about Stop Six safety improvements. District 5 Councilwoman Gyna Bivens led the event held Thursday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 5225 Ramey Ave.

Councilwoman Bivens said "The entire council was surprised when City Manager David Cooke announced this innovative  approach to improving neighborhoods.  I was especially pleased when announced the pilot for this new project would take place in District 5.  I didn't lobby for the $2.5M that funds the project and council members are not lobbying to be next.  There are specific criteria that validate the awarding of this allocation.  Cooke looked at high poverty,  high crime, scholastic achievement challenges and other areas of concern."

Stop Six Neighborhood Improvement Strategy

Stop Six has been selected as the first Neighborhood Improvement Strategy target area. A first-of-its-kind project, the pilot program will use funds set aside by City Council to improve neighborhood vitality and give residents paths to self-sufficiency.

Why was Stop Six selected?

With an unemployment rate two-and-a-half times the city average, 78 percent of the population categorized as low-to-moderate income and a crime rate where 65 per 1,000 people are victims of crime, the area needs an aggressive effort to improve neighborhood vitality

The area does have several programs that promise quick, measurable improvements with improved coordination and investment:

    Cavile Place Redevelopment

    Fort Worth Independent School District Historic Stop Six Initiative

    Blue Zones Program Expansion

To help address area needs, $2.56 million was allocated in the city's 2017 budget to respond. The program will be focused on reducing the number of felony incidents, enhancing pedestrian safety, improving residents’ perception of their community, improve neighborhood aesthetics, and leverage additional public and private investment.


Surveillance cameras being installed as part of Stop Six revitalization program

As the next step in a $2.56 million investment in the Cavile Place/Stop Six community, surveillance cameras are being installed to help improve public safety.

About two dozen mobile surveillance cameras are being installed to help the Fort Worth Police Department keep a 24-7 eye on known hot spots of criminal activity.

About the Stop Six initiative

The targeted area is bordered by Rosedale Street on the north, Ramey Avenue on the south, Stalcup Road on the east and just west of Edgewood Terrace on the west.

The City Council set aside $2.56 million in funding to implement capital projects aimed specifically at improving neighborhoods. This funding may be designated for targeted neighborhoods on an annual basis.

The revitalization has a dual purpose: increase public safety and improve the looks of the neighborhood.

Depending on results, similar revitalization programs will be rolled out in a different neighborhood in the coming years.

View a new video that shows the positive impact this program is having on Stop Six.

This survey is avalabale for Stop Six residnets.


Handley has a meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 21 at Handley United Methodist Church at 6:30pm. see the events page for more information.

 "With so much street construction already underway, I want to stress the importance of attending the September 21st meeting.  This street work will impact the travel plans of quite a few people who live in the Handley area,'' says Councilwoman Gyna Bivens.

 Attendees will also get a chance to meet District Director Sandi Breaux.  Bivens says Breaux  comes to the District office with a wealth of experience.  ''She supported the late Councilman Chuck Silcox and former Councilman Zim Zimmerman.  We are blessed to have her.''

Stop Six Informational meeting, Thursday Sept. 14

Water and sewer lines to be installed, streets to be repaved in Diamond Hill and East Fort Worth

Water and sewer lines will be replaced on six streets, then the streets will be repaved. Make plans to attend to learn about the construction schedule and impacts to residents.

Diamond Hill area

    Urban Drive from Northeast Parkway to the I-35W frontage road.

    Northeast Parkway from Rondo Drive to Great Southwest Parkway.

The city’s Transportation & Public Works Department will meet with residents at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

East Fort Worth

Another meeting is planned for residents of Handley who live on the following streets:

    McGee Street from the north dead end to Craig Street.

    Routt Street from Forest Avenue to Mims Street.

    Routt Street from Hunter Street to Milam Street.

    Routt Street from Milam Street to Mims Street.

    Hunter Street from Church Street to East Lancaster Avenue.

    Lumber Street from Church Street to East Lancaster Avenue.

This meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Handley United Methodist Church, 2929 Forest Ave.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mary Hanna at 817-392-5565.

Curious about the 2018 bond program? New video has details

To address Fort Worth’s unprecedented growth and the challenges that come along with it, the City Council will call for a bond election in May 2018. If approved by voters, the bond package would provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones; add new park amenities, community centers and public safety facility improvements; and replace an aging library.

A new video provides an introduction to the bond process and mentions some of the priorities for the proposed bond election.

Visit the bond program page to see a schedule of upcoming public meetings or to suggest a project.

Signs of the times?

A solar eclipse, historic flooding in Texas, to which we add riots, and social unrest.  What can all this mean?  Surely, there is a deeper meaning to explain these events.

You have no doubt heard of some of those “deeper meanings,” coming of course from the Bible.  These are signs, we are told, used by Jesus Christ Himself to identify the end.

Jesus did promise that wars, disturbances, great earthquakes, plagues, famines, great signs from heaven, signs in sun, moon and stars could be expected (Luke 21:9-11, 25).  The important questions are 1) to whom was He speaking? (His disciples), and 2) What was He speaking about? (the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, verses 5-6).  His answer to their question of “when?” (verse 7) was straightforward; “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies” (verse 20), and “This generation will not pass away until all things have taken place” (verse 32).  What Jesus spoke of was fulfilled in the 1st century, and to apply them to events in the 21st century is to distort Scripture (II Peter 3:16), which you will note carries the severest of penalties.

Before disaster strikes, have a Plan

September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme — “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” — focuses on the goal to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and places of worship. Part 1 of a four-part series.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters can affect our area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan:

  •     How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  •     What is my shelter plan?
  •     What is my evacuation route?
  •     What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind these factors when developing your plan:

  •     Different ages of members within your household.
  •     Responsibilities for assisting others.
  •     Locations frequented.
  •     Dietary needs.
  •     Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment.
  •     Disabilities or access and functional needs,
            including devices and equipment.
  •     Languages spoken.
  •     Cultural and religious considerations.
  •     Pets or service animals.
  •  Households with school-aged children.

Step 3: Download this PDF and fill out a family emergency plan or create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family or household.

KnoWhat2Do is a regional North Central Texas preparedness program that promotes Think, Prepare and Act strategies to enable your family to become prepared for any incident.

Residents with special needs should look into registering for SNAP

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is asking residents with a special, access or functional need to register in its free Special Needs Assistance Program, known as SNAP.

This is not the federal government’s food stamp program that goes by a similar name, but an online registration database to provide information on a resident’s ability to vacate their residence in case of a disaster. The program is available to any resident with a special, cognitive, access or functional need. There are no age or health limitations.

During registration, residents will answer questions about age, weight, location, contact capabilities, principal language, emergency contact and what special needs they have.

Examples of common needs are:

  •     Electricity needed to power medical equipment.
  •     Alzheimer’s.
  •     Autism.
  •     Blind or visually impaired.
  •     COPD.
  •     Deaf or hard of hearing.
  •     Use of guide dog or service animal.
  •     Use of wheelchair, walker or crutches.
  •     Intellectual or developmental disability.
  •     Life support.
  •     Restricted to bed.
  •     Use of oxygen.

Information provided will be used by emergency management personnel in disaster response plans and first responders when a 911 call is received from a registered address.

Register online or by calling the Office of Emergency Management at 817-392-6170 or 817-392-6144. Registration is in English or Spanish.

Participants do not need to register themselves. A person’s spouse, relative, friend, neighbor, church group or health system can complete the registration. Registration information will be maintained in a restricted-access database to be used only by authorized and participating public agencies and any other person, organization or entity which the registrant has given express access permission, and to the extent allowed by law, will be kept confidential. Registrations must be updated annually to keep information and locations current.

Gateway Park West making huge strides

Park visitors can expect the new and improved Gateway Park to be equipped with first-class recreational amenities, making the park a regional destination for outdoor activities.

The finishing touches are being put on Phase 1 of Gateway Park West. The excavation is completed and the area is being seeded for grass.

Phase 2 of the continued excavation will occur in the central area of the park. The design for Phase 2 is nearly complete and excavation is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2018.

This work provides necessary flood protection for Fort Worth and brings Gateway Park another step closer to becoming one of the largest urban programmed parks in North Texas. Upon completion of the Gateway Park Master Plan, the park will be larger than Central Park in New York City, at just over 1,000 acres. (Bragging rights!!)


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