Leo Hicks stands at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards, which lies in the shadow of Fair Park. It's the only place in the United States where two streets with these names meet, and the imagery weighs heavily upon the shoulders of the man charged with dispensing money to people who come to the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund seeking loans and grants to build businesses, erect parks and save old churches. Hicks sees on one corner a convenience store that looks shuttered; were it not for the people coming and going through the front door, you'd think the place closed. On another corner stands, barely, a dry cleaner in a run-down storefront that was once home to the first Southern Maid doughnut store. The Southern Maid sign remains,... More >>>
In South Dallas he trusts: Leo Hicks, the administrator of the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund, wants to rebuild the neighborhood one retailer at a time.