Nonprofit organization begins process of revitalizing North Lufkin

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - If you happened to pass by the corner of Kurth and Sayers Road, you might have noticed a change.

A new grant program created to benefit North Lufkin residents is also hoping to give the area a makeover.

That's why a garden was created near Sayers and Kurth Road to beautify the neighborhood.

"We're actually focusing on having the front part be local native plants, and then the back piece of the lot is going be mayhaw trees," said Executive Director Jennifer LaCorte.

Angelina Beautiful Clean and Impact Lufkin have taken the first step in the revitalization of North Lufkin.

"It makes you feel proud of where you are and your surroundings," said beautification committee member Verdia Shankle.

Based on the Listening to the Voice of the Community report, the Temple Foundation created the North Lufkin Community Small Grants Program and Angelina Beautiful Clean were the first recipients.

"The foundation for revitalization in any area is really about the community coming together and really working together to make change happen," LaCorte said.

Not only does this project bring the community together, experts said it will help keep crime away.

"The environment influences perception and perception influences belief," said Debra Burton, a counselor.

Dr. Burton said it's the broken window theory, where a nice environment can affect someone's action.

"It's the perception that if it's a broken window, and it goes unrepaired, then people began to think it's okay to break the rules around here because nobody is doing anything," Burton said.

The beautification process in North Lufkin will continue.

Shankle said there's more to come.

"We're looking at other areas that we're going to highlight and do those areas," Shankle said.

Shankle said the City of Lufkin also put out timed water meters for free to keep the trees and plants alive.

A ribbon cutting will be held for the beautification on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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