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Lost camera?

January 21, 2010

If you took your kids sledding at the Taylor hill… or went sledding yourself… and lost your camera, call WBCL at 745-0576 during regular office hours. Describe the lost camera and you can be reunited!

Snow on your rooftop

January 11, 2010

Next time you go outside, take a good look at your roof. Or, rather, take a look at the snow on your roof and your neighbors’. If your snow is melting fast then one of two things is occurring:  either your temperature is set higher then that of your neighbors, or, more likely, you could save on your heat bills and air conditioning bills if you would add insulation to your attic.
   Dick Beam

It’s official, federally…. we’re listed on the Register!

January 9, 2010

We receieved notice that the National Park Service took action on Southwood Park’s National Register of Historic Places nomination on December 22, 2009. If you heard any “WOO-HOOs” and wondered what they were about, now you know.

So, it’s official, federally… we are listed as “historic” in the eyes of the government. In a way, this is just further emperical evidence that this is a great place to live!

So, thank you to the folks who worked hard on our nomination: Angie Quinn, Creager Smith, Don Orban, Mike Galbraith and Lori Graf. We appreciate your hard work!

We’re looking forward to hoisting those wonderful brown historic district signs this spring on a nice, warm day!

Do you have a friend looking to buy a home in Fort Wayne?

January 9, 2010

If you or someone you know is looking to buy a home in Fort Wayne, check into the offers available through the City’s Neighborhood Stabilzation Program. It can be found at The program will help potential buyers find extra money for home improvements they may want to undertake.

The program covers much of the core of Fort Wayne and Southwood Park is the southwest anchor and corner of the program’s area. The covered area includes stable and established neighborhoods like Southwood Park, Oakdale and West Central as well as many other central-city locales.

By the way, I read on the National Trust for Preservation’s website the other day that of Americans born in 1977 or later, 77% want to live in cities. If this is true, I think it bodes well for those of us who already live close to where we work, shop and play in neighborhoods like ours.

2009 Year in Review

November 21, 2009

2009 has been an incredible year in Southwood Park! Here’s a few events that made it great:

  • Southwood Park hosted a wildly successful Home & Garden Tour with ARCH. Over 1200    people came to the tour! It is the best-attended ARCH tour so far! The event showcased our neighborhood to the region perfectly. Over 130 attended the public lecture and over 100 volunteers took part in the Volunteer and Homeowner tour. Many thanks are owed to ARCH, our event sponsors, all of our volunteers and the neighbors who bravely opened their homes. As tour hosts, my wife and I can say it was worth all the work that went into it. It was so much fun! We met so many people and heard so many stories. It was a day we’ll never forget!
  • Southwood Park now has a blog. You’re reading it now! It provides our news to you and the world. Visit it at:
  • There are two new rock gardens—the guerilla gardeners strike again! Both are on Pettit, one at South Wayne and another at Tacoma.  The rocks were donated.
  • Sherwood Terrace has been rebuilt. The City is nearly finished working on the block between Old Mill and Stratford. The road is concrete and there will be proper curbs along the way. Thanks to the owners who signed the petition and the City for funding the project.
  • Tacoma Avenue reconstruction is partly done. The southern block has all new curbs, sidewalks and paving. The difference is truly amazing! We are hoping CEDIT funds will be allocated to continue work on the other successfully petitioning blocks in the near future. Thank you to those who eagerly signed for improvements! Thanks also to our petition carriers, John Gevers and Pat Thomson. Finally, thanks to the City and Councilman Pape for working the project into the budget. All involved hope the remaining blocks with good petitions are funded soon.


2010 has the promise of being an incredible year as well! The Board hopes that we will be able to purchase new “security patrolled” signs in addition to the National Register signs that will go up around the neighborhood. There will be new efforts to further beautify our area. And we are especially excited to use Facebook to build social events. We hope you’ll join us!

— Steve McCord


Join Southwood Park on Facebook!

November 21, 2009

Are you on Facebook? If so, join the group: “Historic Southwood Park Neighborhood”. is a social networking website. It’s free and easy to join! Our group was created just this month and already has about 150 members!

It’s a way to meet new neighbors, connect with former neighbors and find ways to be involved. A Book Club is already forming. Euchre tournaments, block parties, poker nights and wine tastings are just some of the other ideas that are being discussed online.

Bringing SP together socially has been a challenge, and this may be a good way to do it. Kelly McCaulley, Lori Keys and Steve McCord are administrators of the group.

2010 homeowner dues will be $38.50

November 21, 2009

The Board of Directors voted at the September meeting to raise yearly dues by $3.50 to $38.50. This is the first increase in eight years. Postage rates and security prices have increased several times since the dues were last adjusted.


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