Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lowdown on the W.O.W. and More, Part 2

“People are the real heart of this neighborhood’s history,” narrator Howard Bennett says in our film A Community Mosaic. “Our community has more stories than there are mosaic pieces on our amazing Wall of Welcome.” Curious to learn more about Brentwood and Crestview, we began gathering stories from neighbors through our project Voices of the Violet Crown. We’re grateful to all who shared them, especially those who had helped with the mosaic wall. (Check out … Read more

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Lowdown on the W.O.W. and More, Part 1

Seems like only yesterday! Late March is highlighted by anniversaries of a few historic—yet very recent—Brentwood/Crestview events. On the evening of March 25, 2008, with little fanfare, Jean Graham completed the mosaic Wall of Welcome (W.O.W.), left, on Woodrow Avenue in Austin. For Jean, it was the culmination of more than five years of creative focus—designing the wall, raising funds, researching neighborhood history, crafting mosaics, leading tile-making workshops for neighbors, and spending two years installing … Read more

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Blooming Where You’re Planted, Part 2

It’s not too surprising that so much local community activity these days focuses on green growing things. One hundred years ago this area was described as “rich farming lands that once were illimitable prairies.” And, since neighborhoods began to be established here more than 60 years ago, people have continued to plant gardens, trees, and other landscaping, and they’ve worked together to create and enhance Brentwood Park and other public spaces. Frances Evelyn (Mickey) Pease … Read more

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