City Council District 11
A Letter from Councilmember Linda Koop
What do people want from their neighborhoods? They want a clean, safe place to live, and a place that makes their quality of life better. That’s exactly what District 11 has to offer to its residents.
Our little corner of Dallas has beautiful parks, access to the Cottonwood Trail, and quality recreation centers and libraries. Not to mention, great shopping! But none of these assets are worth much if you don’t feel safe.
We are proud to announce that city-wide, crime is going down – we’re talking double-digit declines. Fortunately, the crime rate in our district is one of the lowest in the city. Much of the credit goes to our hardworking Dallas Police Department (DPD). But their job is made easier because of you, the residents. We have one of the largest participation rates in the city in the VIP: Volunteer in Patrol program. VIP, hosted by DPD, allows citizens to go through a training course and then patrol their own neighborhoods and report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police. Programs like this make District 11 one of the best places to live in Dallas.
We are not without our challenges. We are working to get a number of rundown apartment complexes replaced. They’ve served us well, but the demand for urban-style, mixed-use, high-rise living and transit-oriented development is creating a climate of change. In addition, some neighborhoods are even seeing numerous code violations, which in turn, impact all of our property values.
Our neighborhoods are our best asset so that’s why I worked hard this past budget season to add resources to reinvent our Code Department. We are moving from Code Enforcement to Code Compliance by providing staff with the resources and tools to help educate residents on how to bring their properties into compliance and enhance the curb appeal of our neighborhoods.
I commend those of you who have taken a vital interest in your neighborhoods by getting involved –your participation makes for cleaner and safer neighborhoods.