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Mark Cuban’s Heroes Basketball…in the Cliff!

January 22, 2009

Last Friday, there was a press conference to celebrate the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center.

I have been excited about this since it came through the City Plan Commission last spring.

The center is in the old YWCA at Bonnie View and Southerland, located in the Cedar Crest neighborhood in Oak Cliff. The intersection is part City Council District Four (Dwaine Caraway) and part District Seven (Carolyn Davis); how that happened is an entire story in itself.

This was a badly deteriorating building, and Cuban stepped up by purchasing the building and investing a huge sum in its renovation and reconstruction.

Heroes Basketball is much larger than a league. The center will provide tutoring, mentorship, and a computer center.

As the FW Star-T mentioned in their article, participants are required to maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average and also are required as seniors to apply for at least five colleges. Mike Fisher of did a good write-up as well.

Some Mavericks practices will be held here, as well as various other events designed to engage the youth of southern Dallas.

Thanks to Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson, Charles and everyone else involved with Heroes Basketball for making this possible. As I told Mark and Donnie, it’s fun when something that you’ve seen on paper for months starts to come together.

I am really looking forward to the All-Star game next year when all of the NBA folks come down to talk with the youth. Despite nearly a dozen TV cameras at the event, coverage was non-existent save for CW33 news. But all of the stations made time for a couple of random perp-walks during their 9 and 10 o’clock segments. Such is life.

Since it’s warming up, the painting can begin and the basketball floor can be placed. The center is scheduled to open in March.


Parents to Colonial House Motel: You’re Next!

December 22, 2007

Parents at the St. Philips School in South Dallas have raised the $1,000 to file the application with the city to close the Colonial House Motel (map).

The owner of the motel does the usual “no crime here” bit. Funny how they always want to be off camera if it’s such a great business, huh?

However, check out Brad Watson’s story and witness the woman flagging cars down in front of the motel. Plus, anyone who’s in the area knows that prostitutes are out there on a regular basis.

Here’s the Channel 8 story (link). I’m glad the parents are taking a stand.

Love for the People

September 6, 2007

I talked to several people that are in the vicinity of where Dwaine lead the charge to take down the drug houses a few weeks ago. They told me that the neighborhood has changed for the better. There are still some issues, for the simple reason that you can’t change a neighborhood overnight. But the “crackhead stroll” in their neighborhood is now non-existent, because there’s no where to buy it.

I LOVE my seniors. When I say my seniors, I mean those folks in the District that held in down in their neighborhoods the best they could. They either can’t move or won’t move, remaining hopeful and prayerful that a change will come to their area. I haven’t known them as long as most, but I’ve grown attached to some of them because they pray for us and support us as we fight these battles.

This movement is about those seniors that live behind bars and can’t afford an ADT system to protect them. They’re trying to figure out whether to pay TXU or to buy some groceries. As we speak, one of my seniors has a big hole in her roof and ceiling and I’m trying to figure out if we can get her a grant of some sort.

This is about kids who deserve a shot at making it, and about parents that shouldn’t have to drive 30 minutes to go to the movies or to get a decent bag of groceries.

It’s about all of the great City staff and volunteers that put on the Community Teen Summit Forums and never ask for credit or recognition, but really make it happen for the kids that come down to City Hall. I can’t thank those volunteers enough.

When we say “A Block at a Time” it’s in our hearts, and if you can’t see that you have your own internal issues that you need to resolve. Growing up in the 80s, most of my friends are dead or in jail. They had no shot at making it, little support, and never grew strong enough to handle the pressure of growing up in the ‘hood. That’s why my fight will never stop.

I appreciate all of the neighborhood residents, city officials, pastors, community leaders and everyone else for their support in what we are trying to do. With your help and prayers, we will continue this journey.