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Angie Quinn

Southwood Park did indeed have such deed restrictions. Although all of these have been illegal for years, it is difficult to have them formally removed. A few years ago, Southwood Park residents took the time to go through the process of updating many of the neighborhood restrictions. It required a majority of property owner signatures (over 750 houses, and a court process (I don't recall the particulars). The sections covering ethnic group restrictions were formally removed, and such innocuous restrictions as fencing materials, etc. were updated. Since the neighborhood was developed in several sections, there were areas where the deed restriction language was not uniform, and this was also corrected. A rental deed restriction was added at the time as well.
The Southwood Park Association Board worked diligently on this and should be commended.

Interestingly, the earliest sections of Southwood Park, platted between before the mid 1920s did not have the ethnic group restrictions, but later sections did. Unfortunately, such restrictions became a popular community planning tool nationally during the time, and were adopted by many developers throughout the country.

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