Archive for May, 2014

Peacemaker Award

Posted by    |    May 26th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

 

Ed Meyer from Dallas Residents at Risk presented the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League with a plaque they received from the Dallas Peace Center. As co-organization-winners, both OOCCL & the Dallas Residents at Risk were given the award for their participation in successfully raising awareness about the dangers of hydraulic fracking and the risk it posses to people and the environment.

By raising awareness both organizations have promoted dialog and understanding between the commercial business and residence within the affected areas.  This in turn has impacted the City of Dallas ordinance concerning gas drilling and fracking making it only possible to drill if proven to be safe within a specific area on a case by case basis.

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Older, Smaller, Better…

Posted by    |    May 24th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

 

9. 500 N. Ewing

Posted by    |    May 18th, 2014 at 9:29 am

 

500 N. Ewing was built in 1910 by J.G. Davis for xxx.  The Davis’s moved from 201 Jefferson. Davis was in the cattle business.  J.G. Davis was a member of the Oak Cliff Council at the time Dallas annexed Oak Cliff in 1903.  Davis petitioned lawmakers in Austin to force Dallas to abide by the referendum placed before voters at the time of annexation and to force Dallas to do what it had agreed to.  

Streets would be maintained and well-lighted.

Dallas promised Oak Cliff local option and promised to issue bonds to be spent solely in Oak Cliff.  Local option meant saloons could be kept out of Oak Cliff.   

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Both Davis and his wife were extremely active in the community.  Mrs. Davis was constatly 

10. McKinney Lamar Viaduct / Continental Viaduct c.1931

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

 

Completed in 1931, the McKinney-Lamar (Continental) Viaduct was one of 4 vehicular bridges created in the early 1930’s to alleviate traffic and congestion to and from Oak Cliff.  It also provided routes free from worry of flooding from the Trinity River.  Before the completion of the 4 viaducts, the Houston viaduct served as the sole connection to and from Dallas.  The other bridges along with a streetcar viaduct were at Commerce, Cadiz and Corinth.  A $6,950,000 bond issue approved by voters on 3 April 1928, which provided for the construction of the bridges. 

Rolling Ribbon Cutting June 15 for the Trinity River Revel!

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2014 at 9:19 am

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You’re invited to join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and cyclists from around the city to celebrate the grand opening of three new bike-friendly arrivals to the Trinity River corridor: Trinity Skyline Trail along the river, the Continental Avenue Bridge Park and West Dallas Gateway Plaza connecting to Trinity Groves, and the Sylvan Avenue Bridge that includes a bike lane!

The ride begins at the east end of the Continental Bridge at 2pm sharp, but the festivities go on all day! A gospel brunch, farmers market, driving range, 1930s danceathon, kids craft zone, playground, pachanga party, food trucks, vintage car show and more – there’s something for everyone.

Even a chance to win a new Phat Cycle Sea Wind Cruiser bicycle from Richardson Bike Mart! Register to ride your bike as part of this rolling ribbon cutting and your name will go into a drawing. Rsvps here, and get all the details for the day at trinityriverrevel.com

Quarterly General Membership Meeting

Posted by    |    May 13th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

 Please join us for our Quarterly General Membership Meeting on Monday June 9th, 2014.  We’ll be awarding our 2014 Neighborhood Grants and unveiling our 2014 Architecture at Risk List.  It’s 7:00 pm at Turner House 401 N. Rosemont.  Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.  For more information contact risk@ooccl.org   

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

BrewRiot 2014 – Sunday, May 18th!

Posted by    |    May 13th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Perhaps one of the best loved Oak Cliff events of the year, BrewRiot is back and ready for beer lovers this Sunday, May 18th from 4pm-8pm in the Bishop Arts District.

This year we’ve got over 60 home brew teams competing with over 200 different types of beer. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to sample the brews and vote for the best of the bunch. We’ve also got live music from Oil Boom and Catamaran, so it is shaping up to be a spectacular Sunday afternoon and evening.

A slight change to the way tickets to this event work – due to some changes with the TABC, the only people who can attend and taste the beer are members of the Texas Homebrew Society. And it couldn’t be easier to join the Texas Homebrew Society – but you’re going to want to do that today instead of waiting until Sunday. The membership fee is just $25.00 and as part of your membership you also receive a ticket for tasting at BrewRiot. Trust us on this – the line for people who will be signing up for membership on Sunday is NOT something you want to stand in. Sign up and pay today and you’ll be tasting homebrew while others wait in line.

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And have no fear – we’re kicking off BrewRiot this year with another running of the infamous 1.1 Mile Beer Run! The runners will gather at Nova Restaurant at 3pm (1417 West Davis) and the race will start at 3:40pm. Just add your $15 race fee in with your Texas Homebrew Society membership registration and then show up at Nova on Sunday afternoon. Every year we have runners who don’t/can’t read and they show up in Bishop Arts looking for the runners. The only runners you’ll find in Bishop Arts are the finishers – so please pay attention! Registration for the 1.1 happens at the Texas Homebrew Society membership page!

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Cliff Temple Baptist donates $2,000 for iBike Rosemont lights for kids

Posted by    |    May 8th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Cliff Temple Baptist Church, we’ll be handing out lights to all the kids who bike to Rosemont Elementary school next week!

We purchased over 800 special red and white LED bike light sets from Bike Texas. Each pair even includes some great tips for biking – in English & Spanish!

 

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iBike Rosemont advocates for better bicycling infrastructure, bike safety resources for kids, and for more kids to bike to school on a regular basis. In the past, TxDOT has had a Safe Routes to School grant program, which BFOC and iBike Rosemont used to fund lights for the riders, but the fund no longer exists. Thanks to Cliff Temple Baptist BFOC will be able to provide lights to all the iBike Rosemont riders as well as to other kids in the neighborhood through local schools and BFOC kid-friendly bike rides like Kidical Mass.

 

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The Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Board accepting the check. Thanks Cliff Temple Baptist!

Oak Cliff Baptist donates $2,000 for iBike Rosemont lights for kids

Posted by    |    May 8th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Oak Cliff Baptist Church, we’ll be handing out lights to all the kids who bike to Rosemont Elementary school next week!

We purchased over 800 special red and white LED bike light sets from Bike Texas. Each pair even includes some great tips for biking – in English & Spanish!

 

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iBike Rosemont advocates for better bicycling infrastructure, bike safety resources for kids, and for more kids to bike to school on a regular basis. In the past, TxDOT has had a Safe Routes to School grant program, which BFOC and iBike Rosemont used to fund lights for the riders, but the fund no longer exists. Thanks to Oak Cliff Baptist BFOC will be able to provide lights to all the iBike Rosemont riders as well as to other kids in the neighborhood through local schools and BFOC kid-friendly bike rides like Kidical Mass.

 

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The Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Board accepting the check. Thanks Oak Cliff Baptist!

Vamos al Trabajo por Bicicleta, el 16 de Mayo, Estación de Descanso de Oak Cliff, Jefferson St. Viaduct

Posted by    |    May 7th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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El Día Nacional de Irse en Bicicleta al Trabajo

Viernes

El 16 de Mayo, 2014 6:30-9:00am

Estación de Descanso para Ciclistas

Desayuno / Bebidas / Revisas de Seguridad Gratis

Andar en bicicleta al trabajo no siempre es algo fácil, mucho menos aquí en Dallas, TX, sin embargo, está mejorando poco a poco, con el aumento de ciclistas y la ciudad poniendo la infraestructura. Además, ya tenemos un Dallas Bicycle Task Force real, que tiene junta mañana a las 6 por la tarde en “City Hall.”

Entonces, hay pocas excusas para no participar en el Día Nacional de Irse en Bicicleta al Trabajo, el 16 de Mayo. Que más, Mayo es el Mes de Irse en Bicicleta al Trajo y la semana que viene es la Semana de Irse en Bicicleta al Trabajo. Nunca esta tarde de intentar algo nuevo!

Aquí tiene los datos:

Fecha: el 16 de Mayo, 2014

Dirección: Puente de Jefferson con vista del Trinity River

Horas: 6:30am – 9am

Beneficios: Café Gratis de Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, tacos de desayuno proporcionado por Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, “haul’n mass” proporcionado por Oak Cliff Cargo Bikes, ayuda mecánica de OCBC, música Mariachi  para acompañar su cruzada del puente, un arco de globos y también KIND y Cliff Bars proporcionado por Bike DFW. Animo, libertad del carro, caras felices y saludos de la organización, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, y todo es GRATIS!

Paseo en Grupo: Para ellos que sienten más seguros irse en grupo, Tom Wilson’s Small Plant eBikes va a guiar el paseo que empieza por la tienda en Bishop Arts District, [ADDRESS]. El grupo se reúne a las 6:45 am y sale para el puente a las 7 am. También, Tom está disponible a prestar bicicletas para el paseo y la regresa del paseo.smallplantebikeslogo

 

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