Adjwoa Hogue, who participated in the inaugural competition, moved into the Fair Park neighborhood in 2019. Since then, she’s been able to decorate her space, refinance her home for a lower rate, and enjoy the stability that comes with having a home. And with being near Deep Ellum, in a large house with prices incomparable to North Dallas, where the African and black culture is rich, has been some of the highlights that have kept Hogue in the area. “I can go to Houston, Arkansas, McKinney,” Hogue says, bragging about the easy commute in the ideal location.
All this helps build the sense of community Adjwoa Hogue receives in being in Fair Park. So when it came to participating in SouthFair’s Inaugural Front Yard Competition, Hogue was eager to sign up. She had already started getting into gardening and fostering a garden in her backyard when the opportunity to show off her work came around. But for Hogue, it wasn’t just about the competition. “It’ll help the neighborhood look better. If everybody participated, it’d help the neighborhood.”
And so it did! This year’s competition yielded positive results! Dallas Fire and Police came out to help judge the yards and Councilman Adam Bazaldua stopped by to show his support! The entire event was a success and Adjwoa was right, it helped the neighborhood look better!