Today is the last day of 2009. I have to say that while things for many folks were tough because of the economy, in many ways it was a good year for the neighborhood and our community. There are good signs of sustained revitalization as some of the old houses in the neighborhood continue to be restored and as new residents move into the area that care about Dignowity Hill's historic character. I have also seen many positive signs in the way my neighbors and friends feel about the neighborhood.
No doubt that there are still many challenges that still need to be addressed but as 2009 comes to a close we have for the first time a neighborhood plan that lays out a process for bringing much needed infrastructure improvement and development. On the horizon for 2010 is the start of implementing the neighborhood plan, the arrival of 12,000 military folks at Ft Sam Houston as part of the BRAC initiative that will surely affect our neighborhood, continued efforts to promote the neighborhood as a good place to live, the completion of the Hays Street Bridge restoration, and improvements to Lockwood park. Most importantly, we will continue to strengthen our relationships with each other and our community partners.
So as always, as an old year comes to a close I'm filled with hope that the coming new year will better that the last.