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Shreveport neighborhood gets an improvement, more to come

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Mooretown residents have a new entrance into their neighborhood. The brick wall and landscaping was unveiled Saturday by Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover and State Representative Barbara Norton. The project means much more than a new pretty corner for residents.

"Oh! It makes me feel great!," Brenda Livingston-Linear, a Mooretown resident, said. "It's about time that mooretown gets the recognition we deserve."

Livingston-Linear, a 50 year resident, says she hopes to see community meetings and fellowship here at the corner of Hollywood Avenue and Kennedy Drive. The new landscaping there highlights her community's founding with a historic plaque. It gives residents hope for a brighter future for Mooretown.

"It welcomes you into the neighborhood to show that we are proud of our neighborhood," Livingston-Linear said. "We like to see things pretty and beautiful for folks to come and enjoy."

The State of Louisiana and City of Shreveport eachpaid d $20,000 for the Mooretown Beautification Project. State Representative Barbara Norton secured the money from the state back in 2011. Norton says the project offers young people a place to learn about their community.

"We just want to make sure that we can do everything that we do to build history of African Americans to give our young people, our children an opportunity to know who they are," Norton said.

Norton says the next step for the beautification project is a community museum. She says the project currently doesn't have the money to create it.

"We're trying to work hard to get a little bit more money so we can implement it, but we already have money right now," Norton said.

Livingston-Linear says she hopes to see more recreation areas for children be built. She says more job creating economic development in Mooretown would beautify it, too.

"You know, we need some more employment out here in this area so we can be proud and think its a beautiful place to stay," Livingston-Linear said.

Norton says the proposed museum will house treasures from African American history and more.

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