Residents and supporters of the neighborhood are becoming actively involved in creating a place everyone will be proud to call "home".
The Fair Housing Act and the economic downturn of the 1980's forced the upscale businesses in Vickery Meadow to close their doors. Liquor stores, video, and arcade-type businesses took over the empty store fronts and low-income minority families and foreign-born newcomers began filling the area's affordable apartments. An area built for single business professionals was now filling with families.
Children of the new tenants had no place to play as the area had no open spaces, playgrounds, or parks. The area did not have a single public school or library in the area; therefore, the once fashionable Vickery Meadow Community was now experiencing high crime rates, drug dealers, and prostitution. Newcomer families were fearful for their own safety and that of their children. By 1993, area crime rates were among the highest in the city.
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 panty, and community garden.
Vickery Meadow is located in the 75231 zip code of Dallas, Texas. The boundaries are Northwest Highway, Royal Lane, Central Expressway, and Skillman/Abrams.