Back to South Dallas
Before SouthFair made its impact on Fair Park, several residents of South Dallas sought elsewhere to build their lives. Two of those people were husband and wife, David Kinney and Linda Stevenson.
In 1980, Kinney left the area. By 2012, he was back.
Reflecting on what brought him back, Mr. Kinney said that when he first saw a SouthFair-built home, he was intrigued by how beautiful it was. “I gave them [SouthFair] a call and they told me about the process, and I fell for it. The rest is history.” When he saw that SouthFair was investing in its community, revitalizing it, Kinney decided he was not only ready to head back at home, but to buy one as well. So, he did.
Kinney raves about the “excellent” homebuying process with SouthFair. Complimenting the ease of travel through the program, Kinney exclaimed at how “the information seemed very basic.” Many interested homebuyers struggle with the homebuying journey, discouraged from the lack of help available, but Kinney enjoyed it so much he attended the post-purchase workshops SouthFair had to offer. His advice to others? “Get a lot of information… it’s helpful and has helped us out a lot.”
It doesn’t end at purchasing the home for the homeowner who is set to celebrate 9 years in his Fair Park home this year. With the revitalization of the community, neighbors are investing in each other. Kinney enjoys being a part of the Neighborhood Crime Watch. Bringing in a Dallas PD officer and DART officer to communicate data on crime and the neighborhood has not only put his mind at ease but genuinely has made a difference in the area.
Regarding what he’d like to see in the future concerning South Dallas, David Kinney addresses traffic, resources for those struggling with drugs, and the upkeep of older buildings. Although concerning, he remains hopeful. Why? Because when he looks to the house to his left, and the house to his right, and sees that both houses are beautiful, he sees the progress thus far and the future that lies ahead.