Tyler Kicks Off Neighborhood Empowerment Program

Revitalization is the goal of a new city program in Tyler.

It's called the Neighborhood Empowerment Works program, or N.E.W. for short, and it's going to give some Tyler neighborhoods a facelift.

Fifteen blocks have been selected starting one block north of 34th Street, extending south on Palace to Mims Street. Then, it continues along the railroad tracks.

The program is funded through the neighborhood services department and private donations.

Brenda Johnson is head of the Neighborhood Services Department.  She said, "We've gone out and we've identified issues and concerns that we have heard from neighbors and that we have identified in this neighborhood. Departments will actually be going out to address those concerns in this three-plus week period."

Among other things, the city plans to paint homes, clean alleys and add a temporary police sub-station to help with crime.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com