University Park sign unveiled near JSU


University Park neighborhood president Betty Lyons (left) and Curnis Upkins III, program manager at the JSU Center for University-Based Development, unveil a neighborhood marker for the University Park community.

Jackson State University and the West Jackson Community Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI) unveiled a neighborhood sign for University Park on November 3 on the grounds of the West Jackson branch of BankPlus.

The sign unveiling marked the culmination of a three-year process during which students from Jackson State’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the JSU Center for University-Based Development worked with community members to address specific issues in West Jackson.

“We are very pleased in the city of Jackson to see this sign go up,” Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said at the ceremony. “A special recognition goes to the Center for University-Based Development whose job is to make sure the university reaches out to the community.”

The design of the neighborhood sign was the result of the efforts of a fall 2009 urban design class in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University. CBLI hopes the marker will become a model for other West Jackson neighborhoods.

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