Archive for October, 2012

And The Winners Are…

Posted by    |    October 30th, 2012 at 5:10 am

The 3rd Annual Blues, Bandits & BBQ was a huge hit with an estimated crowd of 2500 BBQ lovers and a literal ton of smoked meat consumed (and who can forget the 14 kegs of Four Corner’s Local Buzz). The 22 BBQ teams who participated competed in 5 judged categories (brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, sausage and chicken) and then vied for the coveted title of ‘People’s Choice’ as voted by the more than 700 attendees who were lucky enough to snag a tasting wristband. It helped that the weather was perfect, the bands rocked and the Go Oak Cliff volunteers kept things running smoothly.

And the winners of the 2012 Blues Bandits & BBQ are:

Brisket:
1st Place – Davis Hawn Lumber
2nd Place – OC Master Basters
3rd Place – Tie between Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke & The Smoak Cliff Boys

Pulled Pork:
1st Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s
2nd Place – Ego Brothers
3rd Place – Kings Highway Neighborhood Association

Pork Ribs:
1st Place – The Smoak Cliff Boys
2nd Place – Heavy Metal Cooking Team
3rd Place – Ego Brothers

Chicken:
1st Place – Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke
2nd Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s
3rd Place – Rosemont Dad’s Club

Sausage:
1st Place – Texas BBQ Posse
2nd Place – Road Kill BBQ
3rd Place – Los Huevos Grandes

And the winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award was the Texas BBQ Posse, with Los Huevos Grandes coming in second and Red Beard BBQ finishing third.

A huge thanks to our sponsors who helped to make this possible: Bolsa Restaurant & Smoke Restaurant, Bolsa Mercado, The Kessler Theater, SqFt Real Estate, Hewitt & Habgood Realtors, North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine, Rafael Anchia, Delia Jasso, West Davis Dental, Robb Puckett & Jenni Stolarski Realtors, and Ben E. Keith. And a big thanks to the bands that played and to the volunteers who helped to make the entire event run so smoothly.

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Blues Bandits & BBQ, which will be October 25 & 26, 2013. BBQ team entries will be announced in the spring on GoOakCliff.org and event details will be announced next summer. See you next year!

 

 

Angela Hunt Speaks Loudly About Bold Bike Plan Steps

Posted by    |    October 29th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Angela Hunt isn’t afraid of calling out city manger Mary Suhm and city staff for their “namby-pamby steps” to date on implementing the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan.  So far, we’ve got around 5 miles or so of on-street infrastructure in place, but much of that is shared bike lanes, not the buffered or barrier cycletracks Angela and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is looking for.  Here’s her full post on her website:

Dallas Should Take Bold Steps on Bike Plan
Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Dallas is not a bike-friendly city.

Over the last two years, the city has been taking baby steps to change that: We completed a new bike plan last year, put several millions of dollars into the upcoming bond package for hike and bike trails as well as several “complete streets” projects, painted bike lanes and “sharrows” on a handful of city streets, and proposed a vulnerable road user law that will protect bicyclists from cars.

But this isn’t nearly enough. Even fully implemented, these projects will barely pull Dallas into the latter half of the 20th century. And it’s not just the lack of urgency that’s dooming our attempt at bike friendliness. It’s the half-hearted infrastructure that’s being implemented.

In Downtown Dallas, the city has painted shared lane markings on Main Street to emphasize that bikes can share the road with cars. In reality, these markings do nothing to create a safer, more inviting environment for bicyclists. And encouraging bikes to use a major, narrow street through Downtown just further aggravates drivers who can’t pass slower cyclists.

Instead, we need to create protected bike lanes with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic. Physically separated lanes are significantly safer: a recent study shows they reduce injuries by 90%. ) And protected bike lanes are more compatible with Dallas’ existing car culture, allowing bikes and cars to coexist safely.

Many Dallas streets are wider than they need to be for the level of car traffic they carry. We can take a traffic lane or parking lane from these streets, put up some bollards, and create bike infrastructure that will actually encourage people to get on their bikes. The change will be dramatic. We need to commit to building 10 miles of physically separated bike lanes every year for the next ten years.

The lack of connections of Dallas’ bike infrastructure is also ensuring its failure. Throughout our city, there are plans to put in short spans of bike lanes connecting nothing. No cyclist is going to use bike lanes that go nowhere and suddenly end. Instead, we need to connect neighborhoods, off-street trails, light rail, work centers, schools, shopping, and locations of interest. No “lanes to nowhere.”

Lastly, we need to repeal the mandatory helmet law for adults. In cities that have eliminated helmet laws, ridership has increased significantly and safety has actually improved. (NY Times article “To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets.”)

Dallas’ current, half-hearted approach to making our city bike friendly is going to doom it to failure. In a couple of years, the city will determine that bike ridership hasn’t increased in Downtown or on the bike lanes to nowhere (surprise!). This will then be cited as proof that there is no bike culture in Dallas, that we can’t transition to a bike-friendly city, and that bike infrastructure is a waste of money. The city will paint over the “sharrows” and wash its hands of this silly experiment.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can go all-in on bike infrastructure and get it done. We can dramatically increase bike ridership in our city. We’ve seen what can Dallas can do when it sets its heart on Big Ideas. That’s why Dallas’ remarkably meek approach to bike infrastructure is so frustrating. We pride ourselves for taking on extravagant, bold initiatives — the Calatrava Bridge, a park over a freeway, a city-owned convention center hotel, a massive toll road in a floodway. Let’s apply that same laser-like focus to making Dallas the best bicycling city in the country.

Cyclesomatic 2012: Spooky Cross Race Day II, October 28th

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2012 at 5:10 am

It’s another full day of Cyclocross Racing at the Dallas Heritage Village, along with a beer garden and many of the best food trucks in the Metroplex!  Also, be sure to catch a shuttle to and from the Texas Custom Bicycle Show happening at Club DaDA in Deep Ellum or just ride on over.

Here are the details:

Date:  October 28th

Event Times:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St.

Description:

  • Professional cyclocross racing
  • Rahr Beer
  • Food Truck Festival
  • Hooligans costume race



Thank You to Our Sponsors..


10/22/12 STOLEN YETI 575

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Stolen the morning of 10/22/12 from Dallas.

Someone kicked in the door and took it.  Police report was filed; serial number is still in the works.

Bike details:
  • 2008 Yeti 575
  • Black
  • Carbon rear triangle
  • DTSwiss 1540 wheels
  • RaceFace Next Carbon bars and seatpost
  • Point1 Stem
  • SRAM Juicy Ultimate rear brake
  • SRAM Elixir CR front break

If found, lock it up and call the police! Owner (Michael) can be reached at Viant (at) live-dot-com.

Two Sides of a Coin

Posted by    |    October 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Historic preservation and green building:
Are they opponents or are they allies?
(to read the edc magazine requires logging in, however, it is free & worth your while)

For too long historic preservation and green building movements have been eyeing each other warily as if they were opponents.
 
altIn reality, the movements are natural allies with much more in common than any differences they may have. It’s time for them to unite and seize vast opportunities to improve the environmental performance and longevity of buildings, both new and old.
 
Now a new report developed by leading advocates for each movement has brought disciplined analysis to the debate, adding compelling fuel to the fire to merge efforts.
 
Earlier this year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Cascadia Green Building Council authored The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse1, which was the first definitive study to address a key question: Is it greener to retrofit or to demolish and build new? Skanska participated in the study, bringing vast experience from across building types in both new construction and retrofit.
 
The findings — long suspected but never as painstakingly demonstrated — showed that in almost all cases, retrofit yields better environmental outcomes than demolition and new construction.
 
Using life-cycle analysis, the study concluded that it can take up to 80 years for a new energy-efficient building to compensate, throughalt more efficient operations, for the negative climate change impacts created during construction. Most building types in most climates will require 20-30 years. When you consider only environmental costs and benefits, the lesson from the study was quite clear: fix it first.
 
Because buildings consume more than 40 percent of the nation’s energy and emit nearly 40 percent of carbon pollution, they hold the potential for vastly improved environmental performance in both new construction and adaptive reuse of existing buildings.
 
It’s here that the two movements can come together to become a powerful force for change, working together to accomplish at leastthree related outcomes:

First, promote both capital and operating costs in decision making. Too often, our real estate sector employs pre-bubble logic to design buildings at a lower initial cost without consideration for even modest investments that would greatly reduce longer-term operating costs. In fact, many institutions and government agencies are explicitly prevented from offsetting initial investments that improve building performance with future savings in operational costs. This practice misses a huge opportunity to reduce the total cost of ownership, reduce pollution and reduce the risk of energy-cost escalation.
 
Second, we need to recognize a broader range of economic costs and benefits in our decision making. Today, we externalize many environmental and health impacts, transferring costs to future generations or others beyond our lot lines. A group called Economics of Change2 is trying to address these shortcomings by creating a new investment model for green building — one that makes sense in a world where investment managers are driven by the need to show profit on a quarterly basis.
 
Third, we need new ways to value building attributes that may be difficult to measure but are enormously important. Neighborhood texture, beauty, commerce, social capital and walkability are just some of the qualities shaped by individual buildings. For example, at the University of Virginia — my alma mater — there are many wonderful new buildings. But the Rotunda, designed by Thomas Jefferson close to 200 years ago, is the one used as the university’s logo, as well as for existing buildings in every community. Today, we don’t have the tools or practices to adequately value existing buildings in decisions between retrofitting versus demolition and new construction.
 
Green building and historic preservation are growing closer. Now is the time to develop a public and shared agenda. With a mutual set of national and local priorities, there is much we could accomplish. And with our economy still sputtering, the need is urgent for a real estate sector that promotes historic preservation and green building as two sides of the same coin.

What To Expect: 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Want the scoop on what to expect during the 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ festival? Here’s the all the details that you need to plan your weekend of fun!

 

 

 

 

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012 from 5pm-10pm and Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 12pm-6pm
WHERE: 715 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208 (3 blocks west of Bishop Arts on Davis Street)
WHAT: Live music, 23 competition BBQ teams cooking more than 1000 pounds of BBQ, beer garden, & fun for the whole family

First thing to note is that there is NO admission fee to attend Blues, Bandits & BBQ this year – it’s free and open to the public! That’s free admission to the wood fire cooking demonstration, the outdoor movie screening, beer garden, live music, kids bounce house, and more! Second thing to note, the location is DIFFERENT than last year! Third thing to note is that if you want to TASTE the BBQ, then you have to purchase a tasting wristband from Prekindle in advance. They are selling fast so we suggest you hop on over and take care of that now.

Now let’s cover the rest of the details!

The fun starts Friday, October 26 at 5pm when we officially open the beer garden and kick the night off with a little live music. Come on out and check out the BBQ teams who will be arriving, setting up their areas and firing up their smokers. We’ll also have a wood fire cooking demonstration from Chef Tim Byres from Smoke Restaurant at 6pm which is free and open to the public. Finally, we’ll finish the night with an free outdoor screening of the classic film ‘Bonnie & Clyde’! Food trucks will be onsite and we’ll be selling beer from 5pm-10pm.

The BBQ teams will spend the night onsite tending to their smokers, but come back at noon on Saturday, October 27 for the main event! The beer garden opens up again at 12pm and the live music starts then as well. The BBQ tasting will be from 2pm-4pm and a pre-purchased wristband is necessary if you want to sample the brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork from the 23 competition teams. Each person with a wristband will also have an opportunity to cast their vote for the 2012 People’s Choice award. A few cautionary notes about the tasting – if you wait to buy your tasting wristband till the day of the event you’ll be out of luck. We will be sold out prior to the doors opening on Saturday. And, if you purchase a wristband you’ll want to make sure you are onsite during the entire tasting time (2pm-4pm). The best meat goes fast and the teams will be rolling out different meats at different times based on the judging schedule.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Friday
4:00 P.M.       BBQ Team load in
5:00 P.M.       Beer Garden opens
5:00 P.M.       Live Music — The Cliff Blues Band
6:00 P.M.       Tim Byres, Smoke Restaurant –  Wood Fire Cooking Demonstration
7:00 P.M.       Live Music — Dallas Family Band
8:00 P.M.       Live Music — Johnny Beauford & The Jack Kerowax
9:00 P.M.       The Texas Theatre Presents – Bonnie & Clyde (movie shown onsite)

Saturday
12:00 P.M.     Beer Garden opens
12:00 P.M.     Live Music — Bona Fide Blues
1:30 P.M.       Live Music — The Roomsounds
2:00 P.M.      People’s Choice BBQ Tasting begins
2:00 P.M.      Oil & Cotton hosts children’s art project
2:45 P.M.       Live Music — Rev K.M. Williams & Trainwreck
4:00 P.M.      People’s Choice BBQ Tasting ends
4:00 P.M.      Live Music — RTB2
4:45 P.M.       Announce BBQ winners
5:15 P.M.       Live Music — The Cliff Blues Band
6:00 P.M.      Event Ends

And here’s the lineup of teams for the 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ competition:

Matador Meat & Wine                                                      Texas BBQ Posse
TNTQue                                                                                The Smoak Cliff Boys
TRUE BBQ                                                                           Guthries
Los Juevos Grandes                                                           Smokin Domo Nation
RickShaw Catering Company                                         Red Beard BBQ
The Notorious P.I.G.                                                         Kings Highway Neighborhood
Two Hats                                                                              OC Master Basters
Roadkill BBQ                                                                       Rosemont Dad’s Club
3 Bar BBQ                                                                             Ego Brothers
Oak Cliff Oh’s                                                                      Heavy Metal Cooking Team
North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine                                           Thin, Blue, Beautiful Smoke
Davis-Hawn Lumber & Architectural Millworks

 

 

 

New Apartment Construction Slated For Bishop Avenue

Posted by    |    October 17th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Go Oak Cliff reported on Facebook yesterday that the road construction project that has dragged on for nearly 18 months is almost complete, and a beautiful bike lane had been painted. Today it looks like the crew has made additional progress and by the time you read this the barricades that have dominated Bishop may have been removed completely. But as the street construction clears, it appears that it is only to make room for the construction of two new apartment buildings on vacant lots at 801 North Bishop and 908 North Bishop Avenue.

The lots are owned by Good Space, a well known real estate company in the neighborhood responsible for some of the more historically sensitive and detail oriented rehabilitation projects in the neighborhood. Owned by long time Oak Cliff resident David Spence, Good Space has been the winner of three Preservation Dallas awards for it’s restoration projects in and around the Bishop Arts District. Good Space is also the landlord to several of Oak Cliff’s finer dining establishments, including Bolsa, Bolsa Mercado, Lucia, Dude Sweet Chocolate and the recently opened Emporium Pies.

Good Space has partnered with Magnolia Property Company on this project, which will bring a total of 39 new apartment units to Bishop on a block that has apartment buildings of similar density. Magnolia Property Company is described as a developer of environmentally sustainable boutique apartments in urban neighborhoods.

Construction is not scheduled to actually begin on the project for several months. In the meantime Good Space and Magnolia are hosting an informational session for neighbors to learn more about the project on Thursday November 1st at 6:30pm at the Kidd Springs Rec Center (711 West Canty, Dallas TX 75208).

 

 

Bike To City Hall Day (tomorrow!) – Safe Passing Ordinance?

Posted by    |    October 16th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Dallas cyclists have some major wins to celebrate this year (first bike lanes and sharrows down, safe passing ordinance draft) and major possible wins coming up on the City Council Agenda!

Council will soon be voting on the 2012 bond, which includes money for more bicycle infrastructure, and next month they’ll vote on a safe-passing ordinance which many bike-friendly cities have enacted. We need to show them that we support safer biking in Dallas!

Shout out to Mayor Rawlings for putting the safe-passing ordinance on the Council agenda. They almost had a vote on it last week, but decided to pull it to sub-committees so Council members could understand what it means exactly and to make some important tweaks like stronger language to say “3 foot passing” instead of just “a safe distance”.

Let’s continue to show them that the Dallas cyclists appreciate their leadership and we want more!

Join council reps Scott Griggs, Delia Jasso, Monica Alonzo, Angela Hunt and Mayor Rawlings at Main Street Garden for a brief ride on our new downtown sharrows to City Hall. We’ll hear a few brief words from our City leaders on the Plaza, see which organization is presented with this year’s Award of Excellence for significantly contributing to biking in Dallas, and hear what projects are next on the agenda!

Wednesday October 17th

8am,  Main St Garden

8:30am, Dallas City Hall Plaza

Bonnie & Clyde – Free Outdoor Movie October 26th!

Posted by    |    October 16th, 2012 at 5:10 am

As part of the Blues, Bandits, and BBQ festival, Go Oak Cliff and Aviation Cinemas will be showing the Warren Beatty classic, Bonnie & Clyde on the evening of October 26th. Head out to the vacant lot at the 700 block of Davis Street (between Vernon and Van Buren). Music will begin at 6PM and the movie will start around 8:45. Bring a blanket, ride a bike, and enjoy a great night out with neighbors and friends. There will be food trucks, beverages and more, so it should be tons of fun!

More bike lanes in Oak Cliff!

Posted by    |    October 15th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Head down to Bishop Boulevard and you’ll see the latest bike lanes installed by the city of Dallas connecting Methodist Hospital to the Bishop Arts District (b/w Colorado and Davis). This was one of the first projects BFOC helped work on with the local neighborhood, and Counilwoman Delia Jasso. Not only does this thin the road, making car speeds slower and safer, but also allows for inset parking. The other advantage is crossing distances for pedestrians have just been cut in half making the street safer for all modes of transit.

This is a huge day for our city! Go Dallas!