On Friday, August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the coast of Texas and started a path of destruction that continued for nearly a week. The aftermath will last much longer.
On August 28th, Greg Fowler @ Lake Highlands Property teamed up with the DeShong Team, Myers the Home Buyers, and hundreds of Keller Williams agents in the D/FW metroplex to provide timely relief for hurting Texans:
Greg Fowler wrote:
What are your earliest memories, the very first things you can actually recall from the early years of your childhood? Mine are of the summer of 1969, a magical summer when my family lived on the Gulf Coast in the small town of Pass Christian, MS. My parents taught 4 year old me to swim, and I was ever so proud to be able to swim the length of the pool on a single breath. My father took me fishing on the pier at the end end of our street. We caught catfish and brought them home at my insistence – we had “pets” in the bathtub for a short time. Apollo 11 launched and I raced outside to see if I could see the rocket flying to the moon. What had been the perfect summer would end with a harsh lesson on the force of nature.
On the evening of August 17, 1969 my parents put three small children to bed in a house that had been prepared to weather a big storm. Windows were boarded, and the bed in their room had been placed on concrete cinder blocks. In the middle of the night, my parents transported all three of us into the small crawl space attic of our home. In the early hours of August 18, Hurricane Camille made landfall, right over our small town. Water flooded our house from floor to ceiling, and then receded. Thankfully, I remember nothing of the horrors of that night.
On the afternoon of August 18, we came out of that attic. I recall that the floors of our house were covered in silt. Our family car was at a 45 degree angle against the tree in the front yard. We made our way to the coastal highway at the end of the block. Every house closer to the beach than ours was gone, simply gone. In fact, much of the street pavement was gone.
The National Guard picked us up from the side of the highway in a deuce and a half truck and took us to a nearby shelter. Through the generosity of many people I will never know, we were given food, water, and a safe place to stay. My family lost most all of our material possessions, yet we did walk away with the most important things, each other. We needed help that day, and that help was provided.
So, my plea is quite simple. Help me provide a hand to our neighbors in the south who find themselves in the same position. From Houston to Austin and all along the coast, Harvey has left a path of devastation and floods, and the people of those areas need our help.
The four year old boy who is still alive and well inside me, thanks you for your generosity.
The response was outstanding:
Over the course of the next 3 days, Keller Williams Realty Dallas Preston Road collaborated with other KW agents, KWCares, and Black Tie Movers to fill 4 box trucks and an 18 wheeler with supplies to haul to Houston.
After over 18 hours on the road, our hometown heroes returned this evening to go back to their regularly scheduled programming.
Lake Highlands Property has joined, and we would like you to join too! Next Door has had it’s next major boost in the market, and it is a great way to get to know your neighbors, get updates from local public services, increase safety in your neighborhood, and find excellent recommendations for local services.
This article from HousingWire outlines some of the great new benefits coming to you from Next Door… Time to join the next wave!
If you’re a Texan, and chances are even if you aren’t… you can’t help but clap your hands when you hear:
“The Stars at Night, Are Big and Bright…”
Now NASA can show you it’s clearest ever view of deep in the heart of Texas!
See more of these amazing images in the original article:
Re-blogged from: http://city hall blog.Dallas news.com
By Robert Wilonsky
8:40 am on December 2, 2013
Update at 10 a.m.: As expected, the Economic Development Committee voted to send the Dallas Farmer Market’s five TIF agreements to the full council for a December 11 vote. But that was after an hour-long discussion during which council member Jerry Allen wanted to make sure the new ownership group wasn’t just building a “an apartment development around an entertainment thing called a farmers market.”
Said Allen, he was especially concerned about the loss of Pecan Lodge, which is moving to Elm Street in Deep Ellum.
” That’s one of the top barbecue spots in Texas, but it’s an attitude,” he said. “Those guys attract so many folks to the market. That creates an attitude. When we lost that deal that perked my ears up.” He asked Brian Bergersen to explain his “true vision” for the market.
“We’ve always said the most important part of this redevelopment is Shed 1,” Bergersen told him. “That is the farmers market. The retail and restaurants compliment that. But the most important part of the farmers market is making sure we have fresh produce and it’s year-round.”
He said they have a coordinator working with farmers, and that they’re attempting to bring back folks who’ve left in the last couple of years. Council member Rick Callahan also wondered what constitutes a “local farmer.” Said Bergersen it’s someone within 400 miles, but they’re hoping to limit that to 150 miles — though they will bring in “fresh” produce that’s not necessarily grown in Texas during peak seasons. At which point he mentioned Hatch chilis, because Central Market.
He also reminded the council that on its eastern side, Shed 1 will have a band shell — and it’s being developed and assembled by none other than Angus Wynne.
The committee was concerned about spending so much public money on a single project in an area of downtown lacking density — but not concerned enough to delay sending the item to council.
Dallas, though, needs to “connect the dots” between Victory Park, the Perot and the market, said chairman Tennell Atkins, reiterating one of his favorite themes.
“Right now there is a disconnect between the farmers market and the Arts District,” he said. “That’s something we need to do — infrastructure. The market is sitting on an island by itself.”