Archive for September, 2013

Fall Home Tour Preview III

Posted by    |    September 30th, 2013 at 4:29 pm


This wonderfully preserved Airplane Bungalow built in 1923 sits discretely amid the hustle and bustle of Kings Highway’s traditional yet modern neighborhood. The Airplane Bungalow is an early 20th century architectural style that came out of the Craftsman movement and was popular on the west coast and in the southwest. It is characterized by a “pop up” second floor (cupola style) from which you can see 360° and resembles the cockpit of an airplane over wings.

The current owners immediately fell in love with the house at first site and have only lived here for a little over one year. They have filled their home with original art done by the owner and her friends – their varying art styles compliment the contrasting antique as well as modern approach to decorating the home.

Bike to City Hall 2013

Posted by    |    September 30th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Bike to City Hall 2013

Join Councilman Scott Griggs and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Wednesday October 23rd for at ride through downtown, starting at Main Street Garden at 8am, to the Dallas City Hall Plaza for an 8:30am press conference.

Oak Cliff cyclists will meet at 7:30am @ Oddfellows to bike into downtown together, converging with cyclists from all over town at Main Street Gardens.

Update: Bike Friendly Design District cyclists will meet at 7:30am @ Ascension Coffee.

We’ve had some major bike infrastructure come online since the adoption of our Bike Plan, and we want our Council Reps and City Staff to know that we appreciate their hard work and are excited to see more coming online soon!

Our friends at Biking in Dallas gathered some overview stats from the most recent update to Council on the Bike Plan progress (actual slides from Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan’s presentation here):

  • So far, the city has completed 136 miles of bike facilities (including 125 miles off-road and 11 miles on-road), out of over 1127 miles planned. The goal is to complete everything in ten years.

  • Comparing Dallas to other cities, we seem to have a lot of bike infrastructure – but if you restrict the comparison to separated facilities only, we go from leading to lagging.

  • The 2012-2014 project phase is focusing on areas near downtown, and will cost about $975,000, not including maintenance.

  • The Dallas Street Department has $500,000 a year to implement these facilities.

  • Beyond 2014, work will expand to a much more extensive network through Dallas neighborhoods.

  • This will be funded through the Street Department’s $500,000 a year and about $575,000 in 2012 bond funds, spread over four years.

  • But at these currently allocated funding levels, there’s no way the planned improvements will be completed in 10 years.

  • Possible funding sources include future bond programs, the city’s General Fund, grants and private donations.

The good folks at City Hall planning and implementing our Bike infrastructure need to know we support their work and we want them to do whatever is necessary to continue with our Bike Plan goals!

Invite your friends on Facebook to the event and let us know in the comments there if there’s a spot in your ‘hood where folks could join you for the ride to Main Street Garden. See you then!

Fall Home Tour Preview II

Posted by    |    September 26th, 2013 at 10:39 am

S. Clinton – S. Winnetka

A sidewalk stamp in front of this South Winnetka home dates construction to 1917. The custom construction is unique for the area, with walls extending 10 feet underground, providing a storm shelter for the neighborhood. A 1919 Dallas Morning News ad listed the “dandy corner” home for sale at a reduced price of $5,500, well under the $7,500 construction cost, and featured 9 rooms, plastered walls, basement and sleeping porch. According to The Dallas Journal, a 1940 homeowner was denied permit to build a garage, and also denied permit to build an apartment above the garage in 1943.

Griggs and City Staff Explain 5th St Bicycle Sharrows

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2013 at 9:44 am

Please see FAQs prepared by Staff regarding shared bike arrow markings or “sharrows” in Kidd Springs.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  The FAQs below were prepared by City Staff.  We are also in the process of preparing additional maps showing bike facility development in North Oak Cliff.
Thank you for your continued support for more bike facilities in our community.
1)      Why was 5th St selected for an east-west route in this area?
The 2011 Dallas Bike Plan identified multiple bicycle routes in the Kidd Springs Park area, specifically on Bishop and Zang.  The Bishop Ave. bike lane is already complete from Colorado to just north of Davis.  The proposed bike route on Zang will extend from Greenbriar to 5th Street.  The shared lane markings were added to 5th Street to facilitate a marked connection between the bicycle routes on Zang, Bishop and to Kidd Springs Park.
2)      Was the surrounding neighborhood given an opportunity to provide feedback on the selection of 5th Street for the sharrows?
Bicycles are allowed on all City streets and the addition of the shared lane markings (sharrows) does not change the operational characteristics of the street.   The shared lane markings only serve to emphasize the shared nature of all streets and to create connections between other bicycle facilities.    Since the addition of sharrows does not change the existing conditions of the street (number of lanes, on-street parking, etc) public meetings are not held when those types of markings are installed.  This is also true for other street restriping projects that do not make changes to how the street functions.
3)      More generally, was the placement of these markings and the broader system of bicycle facilities well-publicized for affected communities to review?
On April 3rd, 2013 the City Council was briefed on the status of the Dallas Bikeway System, including a map of bicycle routes to be installed within the next few years.  This map included the addition of 5th Street as a planned route.  The briefing can be reviewed through the following link.
During the development of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan, multiple meetings were held to gather public input on proposed routes.
4)      What effort is made to explain the meaning of the markings to residents (e.g. that the sharrows mean both cars and cyclists can use the road and they don’t affect on-street parking rules)?  Information regarding the different bicycle facility types, including shared lane markings can be found on the City’s website. (
The City is also trying to develop an education campaign to inform all citizens on the different bicycle facility types and what they mean for both drivers and cyclists.  City staff recently applied for State funding to develop such a program but unfortunately it was not selected for funding.  The North Central Texas Council of Governments is working to develop a regional educational program on bicycle awareness and the City will closely coordinate with that agency for the use of their materials.

City staff are also in the process of developing a Bicycle Advisory Working Group of Dallas Citizen interested in promoting the City’s bicycle programs.  This group, once developed, will help with items such as advocacy, outreach, education, and fundraising to help support the bicycle program.  If this is something you might be interested in, please let me know and we can discuss what this group would do and what may be required of those serving on it.

Fall Home Tour Preview I

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2013 at 9:15 am


This charming and unique Spanish Eclectic home was built in 1927 although the address doesn’t actually show up in the city’s telephone directories until 1933.  It was the first home built on the street and sat alone for six years.  The original owner was a contractor who had built similar but much larger homes on Colorado Blvd. around the same time.  He built his own 1000 square foot home here using similar materials and design elements from those mansions.

In an effort to preserve the character and architectural integrity of their neighborhood, area residents began the process of forming a conservation district.  The North Cliff Conservation District (CD 9) was formally created by the city of Dallas in 1994.  The five recognized architectural styles targeted for preservation are Tudor Revival, Arts and Crafts, Minimal Traditional, Spanish Eclectic and Prairie Foursquare.  The purpose of the district is to preserve these styles through architectural guidelines, development standards, and special provisions including zoning, land uses and setbacks.  The ordinance would ultimately save this home from the wrecking ball ten years later. 

The Craft and Growler Bicycle Brewery Tour, October 5th

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Go to their website!


Get ready for the second installment of the bicycle brewery tour for 2013! The first event to kick off the month long Cyclesomatic bicycle celebrations, the tour will be longer, busier, and more delicious this time around.

We’ll also have a special limited edition, commemorative tour pint glass for sale to benefit Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.  The glass will be $5 and will be sold at each stop until supplies run out.  The glass will have a C&G and BFOC logo on it.  *Cash or Credit will be accepted. BFOC is a non-profit organization benefiting bicycle advocacy in Oak Cliff and the rest of Dallas.


*This is a free event to the public and a guided group bicycle ride.  No registration required.  There ARE costs to purchase alcohol at the first 3 stops, so please bring cash with you. Not all stops may accommodate credit cards. You are responsible for locking up your own bicycle at each tour stop location.

Here are the details to participate:

Meet Up LocationMain St. Garden, near the taco stand

Meet Up Time:  11:15 AM

Departure Time:  11:45 AM

Total Route Mileage: 7 to 8 miles, slow pace


3601 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

3601 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

First Stop, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM….Craft and Growler; $Discounted beers, Purchase commemorative tour glass, $5


2823 St Louis St, Dallas, TX 75226

Second Stop, 1:15 PM…Deep Ellum Brewing Company; 10oz glass for $5 and 2 tickets for beer. Cash only


1530 Inspiration Dr., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207

Third stop, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM…Community Beer Company; $6 for 2 beers, tour


423 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212

Fourth stop, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM….Four Corners Brewing Company; $No Charge, samples and tour


Fifth and final stop, Small Brew Pub; 5:00 PM…Small Brew Pub; $No Charge, samples

Group ride back to Main St Garden

The Homes for the 2013 Fall Home Tour!

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

 We proudly present the homes for the 2013 Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour!  October 12 and 13th / 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Tickets will be available for discounted purchase at area Tom Thumbs.

Hampton Rd.
Lovers and Greenville
Mockingbird and Abrams
Adults $20.00 Seniors 60 and above $12.00.

Tickets purchased online will be available at Ticket Central during the tour.  Ticket Central will be at 7th and Bishop in the Bishop Arts District.

Ticket prices during the tour will be:

Adults $25.00 Seniors 60 and above $15.00


Kiestwood                                                 North Cliff

Kessler Plaza                                               Kings Hwy

Kessler Park                                               Kings Hwy

Stevens Park Estates                                    South Winnetka

Kessler Park                                                Kessler Park

Stevens Park Estates                                    Kessler Park