Grassroots movement to save 'Old Lubbock' gains traction - FOX34 Lubbock

Grassroots movement to save 'Old Lubbock' gains traction

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"If you were to drive, southwest to east Lubbock, your eyes would tell you all you needed to know. It's as if seeing two completely different worlds. So then it becomes, 'why is that?'" activist Natalie Ayers said. "We are still reckoning with those issues that have never been fixed from our far past." 

For members of the Lubbock Compact group, the city's problems are not new. But their collective passion for change in the city is.

"It is an incredibly diverse voice of solidarity that is saying there's something wrong in our city. It has historical systemic roots and it needs to be acknowledged and confessed and acted upon," fellow member Jim Beck said.

The group is now 2,000 strong, and still growing. 

"In 20-plus years, I am seeing more solidarity and passion about the injustice... in Lubbock, Texas than I have ever seen," Beck said.

The grassroots movement got its start after a disparity report, penned by a concerned citizen, was published. 

"This report just opened up some old wounds in Lubbock. Systemic racism, classism, has marred and scarred Lubbock," he explained. 

The original report contains 47 pages of issues and possible solutions.  But, the group has identified 5 main principles it plans to focus on, moving forward.

The first supports impact fees on southwest Lubbock developments, to ensure that new sub-divisions won't cost the citizens, who they say will not benefit from them. 

"If you have infrastructural lift, then you have social lift. And we understand that, that's why people are doing so much in southwest. We need to do it in east, north and central," Beck said.

The group is also focusing on preservation and protection of  "Old Lubbock" or areas inside Loop 289 that often go neglected or remain undeveloped like east Lubbock.

"Those industries that are here, those huge monstrosities that are kicking up dirt, and dust and pollutants, we can start to rezone those," Ayers said.

Brought together in times of unrest, the activists in the Compact want to make sure their neighbors are not left behind. 

"What this group is saying is, let's take care of what we have, and what we're hearing from the city is, out with the old and in with the new," she said. 

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