January/February 2010 Neighborhood Newsletter November/December

What an exciting year 2009 was for the Arlington Heights neighborhood – we were awarded one of just two Community ID: Public Art in Neighborhoods (CID) grants from Fort Worth Art Commission, we added several block captains to the neighborhood, we welcomed Officer Teri Majors as our new Neighborhood Patrol Officer, and we began the steps necessary to appropriately rezone our beautiful neighborhood. I expect 2010 to be just as eventful as we work to finalize the rezoning effort, create a community garden, and push to make major strides with the median along Western Avenue. Sounds exciting! And what better time to get involved; here are some simple steps:

  • Join the Arlington Heights neighborhood association.
  • Attend an AHNA General Membership Meeting
  • Join the Arlington Heights group email.
  • Send us story ideas / meeting topics.


March/April 2010 Neighborhood Newsletter 

March/April On February 17, 2010 Councilman Carter Burdette formally announced at a public meeting that he would be withdrawing the Council-Initiated Arlington Heights Rezoning case (ZC-09-116) that began early last year. Approximately 45 people attended the meeting.
In accordance with city guidelines, the city’s Zoning Commission heard the case on March 10, where the application was denied without prejudice*. The case goes to City Council in April where the ruling will be upheld.


May/June 2010 Neighborhood Newsletter May/June2010 David B. Hickman is an award-winning sculptor whose mediums include wood, stone, hammered metals, and slumped glass. Named the 2005 Artist of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Hickman was also honored in 2004 by the Texas Commission on the Arts as the Texas State Artist in the three-dimensional category. Hickman has served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Sculpture Association, as well as the board of the Dallas Visual Arts Center. He has also taught wood and stone carving classes at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, and regularly assists with restoration projects for the City of Dallas and various antique dealers. Other accolades include recognition from Faith and Forum Magazine, Texas Architectural Magazine, the Society for Environmental Graphic Designers, and the Urban Design Dream Study of Dallas.


July/August 2010 Neighborhood Newsletter March/AprilArlington Heights residents have more to boast about than just a beautiful home; our homes have history. Uncovering this story can be fascinating; however getting started is often frustrating. Local historian Susan Kline’s advice—don’t reinvent the wheel; rather, utilize the wealth of resources available locally and online. Below is a road map to get you started. Begin by determining the architectural style and estimated age of your house. Design features such roof line, window frames, moldings and other decorative details can provide clues.


Sep/Oct 2010 Neighborhood Newsletter May/June2010 Et in Arcadia ego. / I, too, have been in Arcadia.
The above Latin motto could serve as a memento mori (reminder of mortality). According to some commentators, the speaker is Death, saying that mortality is present even in an Arcadian heaven on earth. According to other interpreters, an unidentified narrator simply reveals a shared experience of an idyllic place. Either way, the statement fits the quiet adventure of researching neighborhood history for a publisher called Arcadia. Pictures and stories in the volume Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights acknowledge what is lost and what endures, and relate shared memories of this beloved community.


November/December 2010 Neighborhood Newsletter Nov/DecThis legend of “The Twenty Arlington Heights Pioneers” seems to have begun with an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 29, 1935. It came forward in 1940 with Arlington Heights fiftieth anniversary stories such as the Fort Worth Press, “Land Now Suburb Once Sold Abroad,”October 30, 1940. With some changes it emerged in Oliver Knight’s Fort Worth: Outpost on the Trinity in 1953, although many of Knight’s statements appear to have come from these sources. The Arlington Heights story then resurrected alive and well within recent memory through a Fort Worth Star-Telegram Neighborhood Extra of December 9-10, 1981.