Friday, May 28, 2010

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design


Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, often called "CPTED," is a field of study that explores simple changes to homes, yards, streets, and other parts of the "built environment" to reduce the likelihood of crime.

Putting the theory into practice can be as simple as trimming back shrubs around the front of your house and installing motion lights. This lets you, and more importantly, your neighbors, keep an eye out on your home. The ability for neighbors to watch out for each other easily is called "natural surveillance."

Neighborhood entrances can also be reconfigured to create a sense that one is entering a defined area where the residents watch out for suspicious activity. We identify Broadmoor with signs at its main entrances to create this sense of community.

Take a look at this great paper to read more. Scroll down to the page on neighborhoods and the part about detached houses. It is full of common sense, practical advice.

Above all, get to know your neighbors and get out and walk around.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Get Out and Walk Around

"You have to get out and walk around." That was the advice of an Arkansas urban planner during a recent conversation about Broadmoor.

This blog entry on a site dedicated to principals of community building that lead to public safety, called Safegrowth, talks about the value of seeing your neighborhood on foot.

Get out and meet your neighbors. Waive to people passing by. Strike up a conversation. All these things will lead to a greater sense of community and better relationships that will improve our already great quality of life in Broadmoor.

First 2010 Yards of the Week

A great Broadmoor tradition is the award for "Yard of the Week." The award, in the form of a sign in the yard bestowed by volunteers, recognizes residents who do an especially good job of making the neighborhood look great.

77 Belmont Drive

This year's first two winners were 77 Belmont Drive and 8 Barbara Circle.

8 Barbara Circle

June and Keith Gillen have volunteered to administer the program this year, and we are very grateful.

Congratulations, and thanks for all the beautiful work!

Where do I vote? Am I registered? Who is on the ballot?

All these questions may be answered by going to the Pulaski County Clerk's voter website.

Plug in your name and date of birth, and it will tell you what precinct you are in, and even show you a sample ballot.

Don't forget to vote May 18, 2010.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Broadmoor Floorplan 3512



This is one of 18 basic floorplans offered by Mr. Elbert Fausett and Broadmoor Builders when our neighborhood was built. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Our houses are extremely well built and well designed for the post-World War II period housing boom. They're not "McMansions," but for those who enjoy living within their means, they are perfect!

Note the efficient use of space and the clever placement of closets to provide sound isolation between rooms.

As far as we can tell, the photo in the book of floorplans is of 33 Rosemont Drive. The original owner was Mr. Carl Robinson, who lived there for about 50 years and lovingly took care of the yard, getting out and mowing the well kept lawn, even when his health should have kept him from it. The home is owned by Billy and Anna Roehrenbeck today.

33 Rosemont today

Join Broadmoor Pool Today!

Now is the time to sign up to enjoy the Broadmoor Swimming Pool this summer. It is an absolute bargain.

If you have questions, please call Pool Manager Pat Mitchell at 565-5613 or Treasurer Ann Wasson at 562-7776.

Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Hours
Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday 11 am. – 6 p.m.

Dues and Fees – NO INCREASE!

This fee covers family members who live in the home and their heirs (children and grandchildren) who live elsewhere.
Broadmoor Residents - $115

Guest Fees
Guests must be accompanied by a pool member and live outside Broadmoor
Under age 16 - $3
Age 16 and over - $4
Family Rate - $10

More members means a better pool! By getting just 15 new members, we can boost the budget and our ability to maintain and improve the pool.


Don't let all this good volunteer work go to waste!







The Early Days of Broadmoor, Final Installment

In October of 1959, the Capitol City Lumber Company donated lumber for the backboard of the new basketball court. The tennis court was also built that year.

When the Broadmoor Shopping Center opened in 1959, shopping became more convenient. Piggly Wiggly was located on the south end in the section under the round roof. (Piggly Wiggly later became a Safeway store.) Other stores included Ben Franklin's variety store, Frolic Shoe Store, Toyland, and Walgreens Drug. The Magnolia Cafeteria had wonderful food, and their price was "all you can eat for $1.00."

From the late 1960s until the mid 1970s, the BPOA held annual barbecue dinners in the park each fall. Tickets for this event were sold to raise money for the BPOA. Since everyone in the neighborhood did not voluntarily join the association, extra funds were needed quite often. Eventually, BPOA membership became mandatory, and the annual dues were added to our property taxes.

In 1972, the Broadmoor swimming pool was built. Pool bonds were sold to the residents for $200 each to raise the money to build the pool. Bob Lundmark was the BPOA president, and he knocked on almost every door in the neighborhood to try to convince the property owners that they should buy a pool bond. Broadmoor's pool was the first community swimming pool in Little Rock. After the hole was dug, the BPOA was made aware of a city ordinance prohibiting neighborhood pools. Bernie Allen went before the city's Board of Directors and was able to get this law overturned, therefore allowing construction of our pool to continue. When it was discovered that the concrete surface around the pool was going to be too hot, Glenn Ledbetter donated and installed a cool deck topping that is still enjoyed today. Norman McCreary lived at 45 Lakeshore Drive, and when more money was needed to complete the pool, he bought ten additional bonds. Opening day was June 30, 1972. At the dedication ceremony, Bernie Allen, Jim Bomer, Carroll Holzhauer, Glenn Ledbetter, and Bob Lundmark threw Mr. McCreary into the deep end of the pool, clothes and all. It's a good thing that he knew how to swim!

Those of us who live in Broadmoor today are grateful to the ones who came before us for their hard work and dedication that has made Broadmoor a wonderful place to live. It is our hope that those who come after us will take pride in their neighborhood, and that Broadmoor will be a great place for another fifty years.

Written by: Lanita Reynolds 12 Berkshire Drive June 2004

Special thanks to the following people for sharing their memories: Bernie Allen, Berneice Howard, Glenn Ledbetter, Jack Marshall, Ford Patterson, Jack Perciful, Cheryl Davis South, and Ann Wilson.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Paper Examines "Broken Windows" Theory in the UD

James P. Walden, finishing his master's degree in Public Administration at UALR, wrote his "capstone" paper on whether the "broken windows" theory is a good predictor of criminal activity in the University District.

The broken windows theory supposes that small maintenance problems--like broken windows--can give vandals and criminals the idea that nobody cares about an area. They would then feel that they can get away with misbehavior. The way to keep good order, according to the theory, is to fix problems early to prevent further deterioration. 

Mr. Walden used geographic information system techniques to map code enforcement complaints and crimes to see whether there is a significant coincidence of deteriorated property and criminal activity.

As it turns out, the hot spots for code enforcement complaints are not hot spots for crime inside University District neighborhoods. Mr. Walden did find a significant coincidence of code enforcement calls to criminal activity where residential areas are next to commercial property.
 
In Broadmoor, it appears that the code enforcement complaints are clustered around the residences of active board members and along their routes in and out of the neighborhood, and not where criminal activity has occurred.

Mr. Walden suggests that we all keep working together in the University District Partnership. Our neighborhood association is vital to building an active community of people who look out for each other.

Please take a look at the paper. It may get you thinking about things you can do to help keep Broadmoor a wonderful place to live.  Mr. Walden refers to several other ideas that we are implementing to improve our neighborhood. The maps are fascinating.

He points out that there are problem areas near the edges of University District neighborhoods. We are studying ways to use "Crime Prevention through Environmental Design" methods to give people entering Broadmoor an increased feeling that they are entering an area where we are all watching out for each other.

It is great that the University District is getting attention from students and faculty at UALR. This is a great benefit of the University District Partnership. One of Mr. Walden's advisors is Dr. David Sink, a long-time Broadmoor resident.

University District Development Corp. Re-Roofs 8 Homes

Taken from UALR's Web site.

Evelyn Cummings and her husband Charles have lived in the Fair Park neighborhood of Little Rock, raising their children in the tree shaded streets of modest bungalows on the eastern side of UALR. Now retired and living on a fixed income, the Cummings had no money to fix their leaking and dilapidated roof.


UDDC

Enter the University District Development Corp. (UDDC). The improvement district initiated by UALR has secured funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’ Special Needs Assistance Program (“SNAP”) grant to replace the roofs of eight homes in University District neighborhoods.
“We appreciate it more than we can say,” Evelyn Cummings said as workmen put the finishing touches on her new roof. “We love it. It’s very beautiful.”

roof

Barrett Allen, UDDC community development program officer, learned of the SNAP program as a result of partnerships and ongoing communication with local member banks of the Federal Home Loan Bank, whose representatives conduct local annual workshops on new programs and changes.

Allen started applying for SNAP funding for University District homeowners in January. The UDDC quickly began getting the word out to its partners and heard from about 80 homeowners inquiring about the opportunity for rehabilitation on a critical need for their home.

“We got a great response from our neighborhood associations who mailed and e-mailed information on the SNAP grant, and many of the homeowners we heard from found out about it from their neighbors,” Allen said. Initial requests were overwhelming for roofs that have begun to deteriorate.

SNAP funds provide up to $5,000 toward minor repair costs for homeowners age 55 or older or those having a documented disability and income of 80 percent or below the median income for the area.

He has visited about 25 of the homes so far, completed the application for those who qualified, and worked with Bank of the Ozarks and Centennial Bank locally to submit the funding requests.

Roofs on eight homes in the Broadmoor and Fair Park neighborhoods are being replaced this month.

Southwest Patrol Division Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting, May 20 6 PM

Broadmoor is in the Northwest Patrol Division, but if you're interested in what is happening south of Asher/Colonel Glenn, you might want to attend.

Southwest Patrol Division Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting, May 20th, 6:00 P.M., Southwest Substation, 6401 Baseline Rd.
 
This meeting is for Districts 80, 81, 82, 90, 91 and 92; or in general, those individuals that reside south of Colonel Glenn Road and Asher Avenue.

Purpose & Objective of Patrol Division Quarterly Neighborhood Meetings:
To provide a forum for concerned citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas; discussion on the progress of arrests and investigations; to share success stories, accomplishments, and to commend Officers for outstanding performance; and to provide an opportunity for citizens to express their concerns.

For More Information:
Southwest Substation
(501) 918-3901

Friday, May 7, 2010

Pool Work Day this Saturday 9 AM

Tomorrow promises to be sunny and cool. Join your neighbors to help get the pool ready for the 2010 season! See you at 9.

For links to the pool Facebook group, this years pool schedule, etc., click here.

Who Do You Call for City Services?

Who do you call for Little Rock city services?

For most issues, all you have to do is dial 311. Operators take your information and route it to the appropriate department.

Little Rock has also instituted a convenient Web-based 311 system. Go to http://www.lr311.org/ to fill out an online request.

The Little Rock Internet site has a great poster and telephone list here.

If you believe the police should handle an issue, but it is not a 911 emergency, call the police non-emergency number, 371-4829.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May Broadmoor Board Meeting Tonight

The Broadmoor POA Board will meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, May 6 at 7:00pm in the clubhouse. The meeting is open to all.
Come and participate in the decisions made to maintain and improve our beautiful neighborhood.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Great Turnout for Pool Cover Removal

Our great Broadmoor volunteer spirit showed tonight when approximately 20 people showed up to help remove the pool cover.


The cover is over 40 feet wide at the shallow end, and about 20 feet wide at the deep end. The crew had to unbuckle the tie-downs  and, while holding the cover taut, slide the shallow end to the deep end and fold it.


When finished pulling it off the pool,, we rolled the tarp up for storage.

See you May 29 for opening day!