Advocate: Community activists Amy Cowan and Jason Roberts create for-profit company
The community organizers behind the Better Block projects and the nonprofit Go Oak Cliff have quit their day jobs. Jason Roberts and Amy Cowan are in it for profit now. These neighborhood leaders formed a company, Cowan Roberts LLP, to bring their ideas and skills, including public relations and fundraising, to other parts of Dallas and the world.
Texas Observer: Building a Better Block in Oak Cliff
In early 2010, Jason Roberts and his friend Amy Wallace Cowan were speculating about their Dallas neighborhood. What if, instead of empty, run-down buildings, the streets were lined with cafés and flower shops? What if people of all ages rode bikes here? What if Oak Cliff looked more like, you know, Paris?
Dallas Morning News: Looking to build on success of Oak Cliff’s Better Block project
...Event organizers Jason Roberts and Amy Cowan say many a business had a grand, if not record, weekend at the cash register. They and others proclaim the second art crawl a success.
And there’s hope out there that the weekend Better Block experience on Tyler will lead to permanent changes in that area and elsewhere — changes that would slow down traffic, and make the street, sidewalks and alleys more pedestrian, bicycle, user friendly.
New York Times: How to Build a Better Neighborhood
A great public place gives residents of a neighborhood a sense of belonging, pride, connection and beauty. But too many neighborhoods have no such place. Some have been destroyed by recession, with shuttered businesses and boarded-up buildings. Others are simply soulless, built for cars, not people, featuring strip malls that require driving instead of places for residents to walk, bike, play or gather.
Is Dallas’ “next big thing” south of the Trinity? Our guests this hour think so. With a nod to Jim Schutze’s recent Dallas Observer article, we’ll get the inside scoop on the Oak Cliff Renaissance from Jason Roberts, president of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority and co-founder of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Mariana Griggs, who runs the Oak Cliff Community Gardens and Amy Cowan, organizer of Cliff Fest, the Mardi Gras Parade, the 2008 Presidential Watch party in the Bishop Arts District.
Amy Wallace Cowan is the proud mother of three girls: Aubrey Cate, 9; Colette, 5; and Laurel, who was born in May. But as a founder of Go Oak Cliff, she is also a parent of such community events as the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade, Bastille on Bishop, and Blues, Bandits & BBQ.
Dallas Observer: Oak Cliff Activists--Between Their Bikes And Gardens And Chickens And Goats--Seek To Redefine Their Community Without Destroying It
Amy Cowan, who works a day job as a fundraiser and events planner for the Democratic Party, has worked closely with Jason Roberts on the Better Block Project and other street parties. She and her husband have lived in Oak Cliff for three years and are raising their two children there. Cowan says she wants her kids to grow up among the social and economic diversity of Oak Cliff.
Dallas Morning News: Oak Cliff mural event raised $1,400 for Adamson athletics, Sunset band
...Go Oak Cliff’s Jason Roberts and Amy Cowan present ceremonial $700 checks to Josh Ragsdale, Adamson’s football coach, and to Rametria Smith, Sunset band director. An anonymous donor that night also gave Smith a $2,500 check to buy instruments for the Sunset jazz band.
Dallas Morning News: North Oak Cliff parking pinch has leaders pondering options
...leaders of the advocacy group Go Oak Cliff have been talking about launching a pedicab service. Go Oak Cliff leader Amy Cowan said the group, which sponsors special events, has grant money to contribute to such a project.