Shreveport to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

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Shreveport, La. – October 1, 2006. Shreveport Green today announced that it will help to revitalize the Martin Luther King Neighborhood. Three planting projects and a tree distribution are part of a coordinated effort to revitalize the Martin Luther King Neighborhood by planting 250 trees on neighborhood streets and the major corridor, and engage more than 1,768 volunteer hours. These events are four of more than 100 regreening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Shreveport Green is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.

The MLK area and its 6,000 residents have long been recognized as an underserved area. Complicating its recovery have been a series of unfortunate events: a devastating tornado in 2000, several years of drought, and insensitive development. A CityGreen analysis shows that the tree cover in selected areas of the neighborhood is 6%. According to the 1999 census, the median income is $16,000.
“It’s great to be working on an important regreening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Donna Curtis. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Shreveport Green’s celebration will take place as follows:
Oct 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Newton Smith Elementary, Martin Luther King Drive, and University Oaks.
Oct 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: David Raines Park (tree distribution).
Read the full Shreveport Green press release. (PDF)