Thank you for your diligence in calling attention to a very serious issue
occurring in one of Houston’s historic neighborhoods. On January 29, 2008, I hosted the first in a series of “Community Conversation” Town Hall meetings to address the blight that has plagued the Frenchtown area. During the meeting, community members, church leaders, HPD, Solid Waste, the Neighborhood Protection Department and myself were able to come together to formulate a plan of action to address:
* Illegal dumping
* Poor street conditions
* Abandoned homes
* Weeded lots
As a follow-up to the concerns addressed at the meeting, I have asked HPD,
Neighborhood Protection and Public Works Department to formulate a
comprehensive plan by the 15th of February for the Frenchtown area. I am
also working on a proposed ordinance that will hold absentee landowners and
motel owners responsible for the condition of their land as well as the type
of tenants allowed to rent.
However, I must stress how imperative it is for the community of Frenchtown
to take an active role in the improvement of their community. This
includes large and small tasks that can make a drastic improvement such as
putting trash out on specified trash collection days to reduce the large
dump piles that create blight. Remember, “Silence is not Safety,” if
undesirable activity is witnessed call the police or 311. We must send a
message that criminal behavior will no longer be tolerated in Frenchtown.
Aggressive civic engagement from the entire Frenchtown community will be the
action necessary to restore Frenchtown.