This month's Neighborhood Spotlight features Ms. Melanie Thompson, president of Kingswood Subdivision Improvement District. Ms. Thompson loves her neighborhood of 18 years, and has worked tirelessly on revitilization efforts at Kingswood playground and on other initiatives.
How long have you lived in your neighborhood? Why did you choose Kingswood?
18 years. I chose Kingswood because it reminded me of the neighborhood I grew up in, but with a little something extra. It has a playground and a park, and is an excellent community to raise a family in.
What do you love about your neighborhood?
I love my neighbors and the close proximity to the interstate: 20 minutes or less from downtown and 5 minutes away from Lake Pontachatrain. It's just excellent for commuting.
What successes have you had in your neighborhood?
The Kingswood KaBoom Build, the solar lighting project, the new fencing project, the installation of a new median, Security and Neighborhood watch program, Project Nola, and the landscaping at our front entrance.
Based on your success in the Kingswood neighborhood, what advice would you give to other neighborhood leaders?
Persistence and endurance, along with patience, are the keys to revitalization. But I can’t forget to mention that having an amazing team of people to work with is also vital. We cannot do this alone!
Why do you love New Orleans or what do you love the most about it?
The culture and the people are what make New Orleans the most desirable place to visit. It has its own vibe unlike anywhere else I visit.
**I need to add that I cannot be the sole leader without mentioning the work of Theresa Guillen. She’s not only my neighbor, but she’s my right hand woman. None of this would be possible without her!