>> November/December 2007 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October Inspiring teacher, gifted performer and masterful choreographer, Margo Dean is one of the brightest stars on Fort Worth’s cultural landscape. Decade after decade, she has opened the doors of classical dance and music to thousands of students. Spanning three generations, the magnitude of her influence cannot be underestimated. As one former student confirms, “Besides my mom, no one has had a bigger impact on my life than Margo Dean.”
As the founder of the Fort Worth Ballet Association (now Texas Ballet Theater) in 1961, Margo became one of Fort Worth’s fine arts pioneers. “I’ve always been interested in bringing ballet to people of all ages and economic strata,” she explains. In 1969, she founded Ballet Concerto for the express purpose of bringing ballet lecture demonstrations to the Fort Worth Independent Schools, a program that continues today.

>> September/October 2007 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October One day, Kathleen Fulton of Tremont Avenue went walking and discovered that the big, bad anachronistic wolf was huffing and puffing too close to home. He had blown down two more vintage bungalows just one street away.
Neighborhood sirens do not wail when the teardown of a home begins. Without protective zoning, it’s perfectly legal to demolish historic homes, but the new structures replacing them don’t often make for storybook endings.
Teardowns followed by incompatible and out-of-scale new development are problems in towns and cities across the U.S. The only thing that stops them from happening in Fort Worth is an historic neighborhood district overlay.

>> July/August 2007 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October There’s nothing easy about being a City Council representative, but no one who runs for the office thinks it’s going to be a walk in the park. It’s certainly not the $25,000 annual compensation that’s the motivation. A quick calculation of the hours of meetings, hearings , retreats, and reading that are required shows that it doesn’t even come out to minimum wage. But, that’s not why Carter Burdette considered becoming a member of the Fort Worth City Council in the first place.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Burdette grew up in Pampa, Texas. He wanted to be an engineer, but Amherst College, where he attended undergraduate school, was a liberal arts college, “and the closest degree that I could get to engineering was physics,” explains Burdette. “By the time I got to my senior year I couldn’t understand physics anymore, so I decided to go to law school.”

>> May/June 2007 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October Two years ago, the Tarrant County Academy of Medicine announced plans to move from their landmark building at the corner of Crestline and Tulsa Way. Annually, more than 7,000 people visit the Academy, which is also the home of the Tarrant County Medical Society.
Since its inception in 1952, the Academy’s mandate is to improve the health and welfare of the public at large through educational programming and community meetings. The Academy provides space for about 25 meetings a month for the Medical Society as well as community groups, such as Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County, Inc., the Emergency Physicians Advisory Board and the Immunization Collaboration.

>> January/February 2007 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October When national crime figures were released recently, the Fort Worth Police Department celebrated the fact that Fort Worth was named the 9th safest city in the United States and the 7th safest for violent crime. Local police officials give credit to the Code Blue crime prevention programs for the decrease in crime in our area. Citizens on Patrol (COP), a voluntary community policing program, is one of Code Blue’s most successful components.
Fort Worth Police Chief Ralph Mendoza emphasizes that the COP program “paid dividends immediately. It had a dramatic impact in active neighborhoods reducing crime, in some areas by fifty percent.” And a side benefit, Mendoza adds, is “it made strangers next door or across the street into good neighbors.”