1. Why is the movement to restore neighborhoods important to you?
Look up the word “neighborhood” in Webster’s and Oak Lawn is the definition. I’ve lived in Oak Lawn for more than 30 years. Over those decades, I’ve watched us lose important landmarks like the Esquire Theatre, yet jewels like the Parkland Hospital campus, Lee Park, and Reverchon Park have been reborn, and we’ve created living, entertainment, and shopping areas that are the envy of North Texas. Oak Lawn’s residents, property owners, and business owners are resilient, steadfast, and optimistic. We do business, shop, eat, drink, and congregate within our borders not just because we can, but also because we want to make sure all of us thrive. And we protect and encourage each other. We are a family—unabashedly unconventional and strong. That’s the essence of neighborhood, and why I’m so passionate about Dallas realizing the enormous potential of all its inner-city neighborhoods, just as we have in my neighborhood of Oak Lawn.
2. Why do you want to be involved with this movement?
Because it has nothing but upside. The potential is so great it makes me giddy.
3. What does the word “neighborhood” mean to you, and where do you find that in Dallas?
I think I’ve already answered that question. And I find it every time I walk out my front door. I’m a very lucky woman.