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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24853.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24853

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Title Houstonian 1987
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Title The Community
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Johnson Fights To Save Allen Parkway Village Downtown Houston stands out in a shining splendor against the otherwise dull land - scape. A testament to the wealth of Texas. In the shadows of those buildings, just the other side of Interstate 45, lies Houston's fourth ward. Many of its buildings are without windows, paint, or people. Others house some of Houston's poorest citizens. Among the peeling, woodframed houses is Allen Parkway Village, the city's largest public housing project. Like all the buildings in fourth ward, those at the housing project are severely neglected. Many of the old brick apartments are boarded up, and all are in need of some sort of repair. For many Houstonians, this neighborhood is an eyesore. Others pass by it daily without even knowing what lies at the foot of the large concrete pillars which hold up the freeway. But to some, Allen Parkway Village is home. The people that call Allen Parkway home are scared of losing their housing, and their community, and they have good reason to be. The city has been trying to tear it down for years. In the middle of this complex of some 1,000 units is the apartment of Lenwood Johnson. His small living room is crowded with stacks of paper. The coffee table has been transformed into a library of information dealing with this embattled housing project. Johnson sits on a beaten, blanket-covered couch behind stacks of articles and land reports. As is usually the case, his ear is to the telephone. An animated speaker, Johnson cannot help but punctuate his conversation with gestures and facial expressions that are never seen by the person on the other end of the line. His verbal points are often accentuated by widening eyes and a broad smile. His dark fuzzy hair has receded a little, giving his eyebrows ample space to bob up and down on his forehead. After passing some information along, he politely terminates the conversation so he can get back to the matter at hand. He is explaining, to a neighbor, the significance of a letter she has received from the housing authority. The woman listens intently as Johnson explains the red tape involved with dealing with their common landlord. "You mean you haven't sent your rent in?" Johnson asked, surprised. "I talked to the lady on the phone and she told I wasn't supposed to send in my rent 'til after the hearing," she answered defensively. "Girl, you can't listen to what they tell you. When you want to get into heaven, do you go to the devil and ask him how to get in?" Johnson punctuates Continued on p. 228 Lenwood Johnson and one of his neighbors at the Allen Parkway Village stand in the doorway of his apartment, where he keeps records to help the residents of the complex. Johnson is the president of the Residents Association and is struggling to save the lower income housing units shown at the right, where an elderly Vietnamese woman walks barefoot across the compound. Photo by Dan Alder. Photo by Mark Lacy. "I never dreamed I would be in Allen Parkway Village . . 226