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Ash Crescent Improvement Strategy

Ash Crescent has been selected as the second Neighborhood Improvement Strategy target area. As part of this program, funds set aside by City Council will be used to improve neighborhood vitality and give residents paths to self-sufficiency.

Why was Ash Crescent selected?

While the neighborhood is relatively small - just .56 square miles containing less than one percent of the city's overall population - a high concentration of low- and moderate-income residents, as well as other indicators of distress like significant blight, inadequate public infrastructure, persistent public safety issues and low educational attainment make this area a prime candidate for improving the area's vitality.

The area does have several resources and projects in the works that promise quick, measurable improvements with improved coordination and investment, including:

  • Morningside Children's Partnership
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • A plan for streetlight replacements
  • A single-family housing infill project

To help address area needs, $2.77 million has allocated by the City Council to make Ash Crescent the target area for 2018 neighborhood improvements. The funding comes from a half-cent allocation of the municipal property tax rate to provide capital projects, improve public safety and attract private investment in underserved neighborhoods.

What's Happening

  • 38 tons of brush and trash removed
  • 20 cameras installed to capture illegal dumping activity
  • 17 hazardous structures demolished or repaired
  • Nine dead, hazardous or nuisance trees removed
  • 83 LED streetlight upgrades
  • Pets for Life Spay/Neuter and Vaccination Event held
  • Door-to-door outreach with Code and Neighborhood Services staff
  • Six community, stakeholders and ministers meetings held

A message from the Transportation and Public Works Department

Starting the week of May 21, 2018, the City of Fort Worth will begin implementation of pavement improvements to restore the street surface and add structural support to the existing pavement. Curbs, driveways and sidewalks will not be affected. This process will be performed on the following street segments: Irma Street (Ash Crescent Street – Belzise Terrace); East Morphy Street (South Riverside Drive – Martin Luther King Freeway); Talton Avenue (Ash Crescent Street – Belzise Terrace); Belzise Terrace (Ash Crescent Street – Glen Garden Drive). This project will be discussed at the May 19, 2018 Ash Crescent community meeting. Please make plans to attend the meeting to find out more about the construction scheduled.

Public Meeting

Join us for a Community Meeting to find out about the improvements taking place in your neighborhood.

Saturday, May 19; 9-10:30 a.m.

Cooper Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 S. Riverside St.

Mayor's Walk and Family Event

Join the Mayor and Councilmember Gray for a walking town hall and family event in the Ash Crescent neighborhood.

Saturday, June 2; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Greater United Missionary Baptist Church, 1624 E. Jessamine St.

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Ash Crescent at a glance

Population

1,706

Size (square miles)

.56

Poverty Rate

50%

Crimes against property (per 1,000 residents)

78

Crimes against persons (per 1,000 residents)

54

Median household income

$17,250

Pilot Program Area

map depicts the target area in Ash Crescent, which is generally bounded by Sycamore Park and Cobb Park on the east, Riverside Drive on the west, Rosedale Street on the north and Glen Garden Drive on the south.

The Ash Crescent program area is generally bounded by Sycamore Park and Cobb Park on the east, Riverside Drive on the west, Rosedale Street on the north and Glen Garden Drive on the south.