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Sunday, June 1, 2003
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© 2003 - The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Association helps unite Lubbock neighborhoods


By JOHN DAVIS
AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

She wants to get to know her neighbors.

There's something nice about knowing who lives next door or down the street, said homemaker Amy Hodges, who is in the planning stages of creating a neighborhood association in the Pheasant Run neighborhood near 82nd Street and Frankford Avenue.

''We felt like we were disconnected from our neighbors,'' Hodges said of moving back to Lubbock after four years in the Metroplex. ''There's a lot of potential, though, to have a great neighborhood.''

But it's not just a social aspect that Hodges wants to foster. She'd like to do beautification projects and hold concerts in the park.

Lubbock neighborhood associations

1) Arnett Benson

2) Clapp Park

3) Guadalupe

4) Parkway & Cherry

Point

5) Harwell

6) Raintree

7) Chapel Hill

8) Preston Smith

9) Tech Terrace

10) Heart of Lubbock

11) South Overton

12) North Overton

13) Caprock

14) Chatman Hill

15) Bayless-Atkins

16) Wheelock & Monterey

17) Jackson-Mahon

18) Bluesky

19) Maedgen Area

20) Dunbar-Manhattan

Heights

21) Slaton-Bean

22) Clayton Carter

23) Northridge

24) Skyview

25) Bowie

26) Maxey Park

27) Remington Park

28) North By Northwest

29) Coronado Area

30) Ballenger

31) Regal Park

32) University Pines

33) Waters

34) Southgate

35) Carlisle

36) West End

37) Wester

38) Windmill

39) Kings Park

40) Stubbs-Stewart

''So much of the time, we pull up in our driveway, shut the door and stay there until the next morning,'' she said. ''I just wanted to see if my neighbors would like to get to know one another.''

From the neighbors she's asked, she's had a positive response to creating a neighborhood association. Not only will it be fun to know new people, but also, knowing the neighbors is a good crime deterrent, she said.

Hodges is in the first stage of creating a neighborhood association, said Carol Hedrick, executive director of Lubbock United Neighbor hood Association.

LUNA is a conglomerate of 40 organized neighborhoods across the Hub City that helps the associations figure out crime statistics, which city department handles what problems and crime prevention, Hedrick said.

Though there have been neighborhood associations in Lubbock for more than 30 years, LUNA began at the city level as a voluntary consortium in early 1993, Hedrick said.

The organization began as a separate entity in 1994, she said.

''We give neighborhoods the tools that they need to function as a neighborhood group, whether that be putting them in contact with different departments at the city or information on how to hold a meeting or special event, or how to work with difficult people,'' Hedrick said. ''They also can receive monthly crime reports on organized neighborhood associations.''

Also, LUNA can inform the group on how to attain non-profit status and will print up the organization's monthly news letters.

The requirements for becoming a neighborhood association include having a set of bylaws, a board of directors and set boundaries.

''We take them through that process,'' she said.

The process takes between three and four months for new neighborhood associations to organize, and about a month to reactivate old associations, she said.

For more information on LUNA, call 749-5862.

jdavis@lubbockonline.com t 766-8713


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