Vickery Meadow is a community teaming with people representing a variety of cultures, ethnicities, homelands, and languages. Over 30,000 people call this 2.86 square mile area of northeast Dallas "home". In the early 1980's, 15,500 apartments and 2,300 condominiums were built for young professionals, now those same dwellings contain families including 7000 children. Slowly the neighborhood is changing from a neighborhood of bars and nightclubs into a community which is healthy for families.
With the Fair Housing Act and the economic downturn of the 1980's, Vickery Meadow's singles had matured and moved out of the community. Concurrent with the out-migration of prosperous residents, upscale businesses closed their doors and were replaced by liquor stores, video, and arcade-type businesses. Apartment rental rates in the area fell precipitously. In the late 1980's the city passed an ordinance to ensure that children and families had access to all apartments.
Attracted by affordable rents, low-income minority families and foreign-born newcomers began filling the area's apartments. Families were now filling a neighborhood meant for single adults. Children of these new tenants had no place to play as the area had no open spaces, playgrounds, or parks. Nor was there a single public school or library in the area to serve children. The once-fashionable Vickery Meadow Community had started to experience drug dealers, prostitution and other serious crime. Newcomer families in the area were fearful not only for their own safety and well being but also for that of their children. By the early 1990's, the area reflected signs of severe decline, deterioration, and neglect, in both its residential housing stock and in the quality of its business community. Area crime rates were among the highest in the city by 1993.
Currently there are government agencies, nonprofit agencies, faith communities, health care systems, schools, and businesses working collaboratively to develop systems to make the community a thriving place for families. The efforts have resulted in schools, a few play areas, grocery stores, and clinics. Social service agencies provide English as a Second Language classes, after school programs, a food pantry, and community garden. Increasingly , residents and supporters of the neighborhood are becoming actively involved in creating a place about which everyone will be proud to call "home".
DISD Schools of Vickery Meadow include Conrad High School, Tasby Middle School, Hotchkiss Elementary, Lowe Elementary, McShan Elementary, and Jill Stone Elementary School.
Location of Vickery Meadow
Vickery Meadow is located in the 75231 zip code of Dallas, Texas.
The boundaries are Northwest Highway, Royal Lane, Central Expressway, and Skillman/Abrams.
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