In 1973, with the national flight to the suburbs as a backdrop, the neighborhoods of the West End faced similar challenges. Responding to this challenge, a dozen community members banded together to create the
West 7th/Fort Road Federation. They founded the organization on the principle that citizen acting together could maintain and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods and help commercial endeavors prosper once again. With a $5,000 start-up grant from the Christian Sharing Fund, its journey began.
- From Twenty Five Years of Facing Change, published in 1998 the Fort Road Federation on its 25th anniversary.