Poly Heights


Two Houses

It’s coming.

Come help us define for ourselves before it gets defined for us!

The term was coined by sociologist Ruth Glass, who is quoted below.
"One by one, many of the working class quarters of London have been invaded by the middle-classes—upper and lower. Shabby, modest mews and cottages—two rooms up and two down—have been taken over, when their leases have expired, and have become elegant, expensive residences .... Once this process of 'gentrification' starts in a district it goes on rapidly until all or most of the original working-class occupiers are displaced and the whole social character of the district is changed."
-Ruth Glass (1964)
Merium Webster:
The process of repairing and rebuilding homes and businesses in a deteriorating area (such as an urban neighborhood) accompanied by an influx of middle-class or affluent people and that often results in the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents.
PBS archive POV: Gentrification
is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district's character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. But the effects of gentrification are complex and contradictory, and its real impact varies. Many aspects of the gentrification process are desirable. Who wouldn't want to see reduced crime, new investment in buildings and infrastructure, and increased economic activity in their neighborhoods? Unfortunately, the benefits of these changes are often enjoyed disproportionately by the new arrivals, while the established residents find themselves economically and socially marginalized.
Gentrification has been the cause of
painful conflict in many American cities, often along racial and economic fault lines. Neighborhood change is often viewed as a miscarriage of social justice, in which wealthy, usually white, newcomers are congratulated for "improving" a neighborhood whose poor, minority residents are displaced by skyrocketing rents and economic change. Although there is not a clear-cut technical definition of gentrification, it is characterized by several changes. Demographics: An increase in median income, a decline in the proportion of racial minorities, and a reduction in household size, as low-income families are replaced by young singles and couples. Real Estate Markets: Large increases in rents and home prices, increases in the number of evictions, conversion of rental units to ownership (condos) and new development of luxury housing. Land Use: A decline in industrial uses, an increase in office or multimedia uses, the development of live-work "lofts" and high-end housing, retail, and restaurants. Culture and Character: New ideas about what is desirable and attractive, including standards (either informal or legal) for architecture, landscaping, public behavior, noise, and nuisance.

Is this what you want?

Urban dictionary:
When "urban renewal" of lower class neighbourhoods with condos attracts yuppie tenants, driving up rents and driving out long time, lower income residents. It often begins with influxes of local artists looking for a cheap place to live, giving the neighbourhood a bohemian flair. This hip reputation attracts yuppies who want to live in such an atmosphere, driving out the lower income artists and lower income residents, often ethnic/racial minorities, changing the social character of the neighbourhood. It also involves the "yuppification" of local businesses; shops catering to yuppie tastes like sushi resaturants, Starbucks, etc... come to replace local businesses displaced by higher rents.
Poly's definition

We can repair and rebuild our homes and businesses and welcome more middle class and affluent neighbors without displacing any of our residents regardless of social or economic perceptions if we work together to redefine gentrification for ourselves and reap the benefits.

Our purpose is to be a centralized, informative and educational resource for everyone who lives, works, plays or goes to school in our wonderful neighborhood.
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Poly Heights 2020 vision
developing our story to take advantage of all the benefits and minimize the negative impacts of gentrification, because it’s coming.
  • Community distinction - PH would like to stand out as a premiere place to live, work and play featuring a variety of people groups, affordable housing and modern amenities.
  • Resident, employee and visitor experience -
  • Neighborhood enhancement Community garden
  • Financial vitality - PHd committee - build commercial and business partnerships. Fund raising - Memberships
  • Marketing and branding - TP Solutions Experience of the board
Justice For Our Neighbors Dallas-Fort Worth offers free and affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, provides education to the public, and engages in advocacy with and for our immigrant neighbors. JFON DFW services a region that is centered around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Legal services are provided by a licensed immigration attorney who remains with their case until relief is granted or all avenues are exhausted. Intake Clinics are held once each month at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine FUMC, Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, and Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. At these clinics, immigrant neighbors are welcomed and meet with the JFON DFW attorney to learn if they have a claim to the legal status they seek. Volunteers and staff are privileged to hear the real stories of real people and see the issue of immigration in a much clearer light.
  • First UMC 421 Church Street Grapevine, Tx 76051 817.310.3820
  • Arapaho UMC 1400 West Arapaho Road Richardson, TX 75080 972.231.1005
  • Genesis UMC 7635 South Hulen Street Fort Worth, Tx 76113 817.292.4551
Texas Wesleyan University
TWU is a proud partner of the Poly Heights association showing their commitment by hosting all of our neighborhood quarterly meetings at the Baker Building on East Rosedale.
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Why you should be involved To know what is going on in your neighborhood To have a recognized voice with elected officials To help improve our neighborhood To reduce crime To increase property values Reduce property taxes Retain affordability How to get involved Sign up with Nextdoor Attend quarterly meetings Become a block captain
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition 817.509.3635
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The name of this organization shall be the "Polytechnic Heights Neighborhood Association, inc", hereinafter referred to as the Association and/or the Heights



The association shall be organized and function as a not for profit, nonpartisan organization.



The purpose of the association is to be a centralized, informative and educational resource for the Heights, its residents and businesses with the primary goals of protecting and increasing property value as well as encouraging civic participation and good will amongst the residents and the city at large.



The north boundry consists of the southside of the railroad tracks along East Lancaster Avenue; the south boundry is Rosedale Street; the east boundry is Ayers Avenue; the west boundry is the eastern side of South Beach Street and includes Texas Wesleyan University.



Must be at least 18 years of age. Only residents and non-resident property owners have voting privileges. Open to all residents, non-resident property owners and businesses within the association boundriews as well as volunteers and interested stakeholders to be indentified as:

1 - Regular member: individual or family; non-resident property owner.

2 - Business member: any organization operating within the association boundries.

3 - Associate member: individual or organization that does not reside, own property or operate a business within the boundaries of the association.



Unless otherwise specified, decisions for the association shall be made by a majority vote of those members present at any meeting. All eligible members of the association are entitiled to vote in all elections.



Annual dues for membership are $45. Dues shall be paid monthly or annually during the fiscal year. Dues are considered in arrears if not paid after 30 days into the next fiscal year.


Section 1 - The Board The board will consist of a president and two-vice presidents.

Section 2 - Election of the board Election of the board shall take place during the first public meeting of the year. It would be preferable to stagger elections to create continuity of the board.

Section 3 - Term of office Term of office is 2 years. Any vacancy shall be filled by appointment until the regular election or a special election is held.

Section 4 - Additional offices The board can create up to 3 additional offices as deemed necessary by the association. The board can establish up to 3 primary commitees with the authority to create temporary sub-cimmittees with the purpose of handling specific neighborhood issues and concerns.



Public regular meeting Held quarterly in January, April, July and October. Public special meeting Held as needed by the board to handle and address association business. Open to the public



The board will have the authority to create up to 3 standing committees with each committee allowed up to 3 concurrent sub-committees. All committees are to be led by the board by default until leadership is appointed or elected.



Budget, dues and fund raising. To be written by the board.



The by laws and charter of this association may be amended or revised by the board with the approval of a majority of association members present and eligible at a public meeting. All amendments to these by laws must be proposed in writing and made available to members and read at a public meeting before voting on their adoption may proceed.

By laws accepted and amended September 23rd, 2017