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Help Us Build the Roger Lytle Disc Golf Course

Posted by    |    April 11th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

In honor of the memory of Roger William Lytle, the Oak Cliff community is working to raise funds to develop a public disc golf course in Founders Park. Roger’s daddy, Zac, has been co-leading the effort to develop a 9 hole course in the park for some time, and with the support of the city of Dallas, we’d like to help meet the goal of raising $10,000 for the effort. We plan to have the names of all contributors added to a donor board at the park.

Some Change Is Good!

Posted by    |    January 13th, 2014 at 10:38 am

As many of you know, Go Oak Cliff was formed back in 2009 with the intent of creating sustainable programming and initiatives that benefit historic Oak Cliff. Those of us who have served on the board over the past 5 years are proud to have been stewards of our community, and were honored to kickstart or be involved with so many great projects. The list of movements we have supported with proceeds from the community events include the 7th Street Mural Project, ReTree Oak Cliff’s inaugural planting project, sponsorships for college via the Oak Cliff Chamber’s Golden Oaks Scholarship fund, contributions to Sunset High School, Adamson High School, and Greiner Middle School, a donation to Rosemont Middle School’s first 6th grade class so that they could attend a Presidential inauguration in Washington D.C., and we continue to help fund ongoing projects, such as the building of a volunteer database for the Oak Cliff Foundation.

While the board of Go Oak Cliff will continue to operate a non-profit arm that will allow us to carry on doing philanthropic work in our community, many of our events will now be produced under a corporation. This will allow those who work to build successful programming to be compensated, whereas many of us were ineligible under the existing non-profit structure. We’ve enjoyed being able to work in our community for the past 5 years, but we believe that programming as value, and we should be able to compensate ourselves for our time invested in fostering growth and community in historic Oak Cliff.

We look forward to continuing to work with our neighbors, our area business owners and developers, members of the media, and the legendary “bridge and tunnel” crowd that roam the streets of Oak Cliff to showcase what has made this area so special.

A Thank You Note, To My Village

Posted by    |    October 2nd, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I beat it!!! The big “C”, and although I can’t technically be called a “survivor” until year 5, I’ve finally been able to re-assemble my life into some degree of “normalcy”, which for me is really saying something. That year of intense chemotherapy, and complications due to surgery to remove a lemon sized tumor from my abdomen left me scared and worried that I would either be permanently damaged, or worse, not see my kids grow up. It’s a very humbling experience. But it honestly felt like the culmination of all my ideas on bringing people together, and creating meaningful and lasting neighborhoods, was playing out when I was struck with cancer. Dear friends filled up my refrigerator, checked in on me, sat quietly and watched movies with me, and when all of those bills piled up at the end of treatment, my village rallied around me to “Build a Better Jason”. I couldn’t even begin to describe how moving and poignant that effort was.

As of a few weeks ago, my fundraising account was officially closed after we were able to pay off a mountain of bills, and have a little set aside to continue paying down my Cobra payments, which are high, but fortunately manageable thanks to my community. That fundraising effort allowed me the freedom to actually continue re-building my life and continue telling the story that I started a few years ago when I decided to move with my family to Oak Cliff and begin taking part in working to make life a little better in any way I could contribute.

Today, I’m at the airport heading off to another city to brag about the community I love, and hopefully inspire others to roll up their sleeves and try to improve things for their friends, families, and community. I’ve learned SO much through these past few years, have met some of the most inspirational people, and have been humbled on a daily basis. Last month, I signed with an amazing speaking agency to continue presenting, and within the past week, signed a contract with a literary agency to complete my first book. It’s a dream that I never imagined I’d realize, so if I have a starstruck look in my eyes when you see me, just know it’s because I’m pinching myself on a daily basis.

I have a ton of “Thank You” cards to write, so please know that I do plan on touching base with you all individually. You’ve all stood beside me when I took on some pretty outrageous, or even hare-brained ideas, including fighting to return streetcars after being dormant for half a century, painting bike lanes, reviving old buildings, and even running for US Congress. Accidentally starting an international movement in urban planning with the Better Block project has been the culimination of those efforts, and none of that would have been possible without an amazing community that helped me pull these things together. I get the most amazing letters from people from as far away as Melbourne, Australia, to Tehran, Iran who are all assembling and working together to make better neighborhoods, all based on the ideas, people, and energy of Oak Cliff. That blows my mind.

Alright, I’m getting sappy, but just know that you’ve forever changed me in the best ways possible, and when I was at my worst, you picked me up and kept me in your thoughts and for that I’m forever grateful.

Thank You,

Jason Roberts

Bastille on Bishop 2013 – Eating, Drinking & Parking Details!

Posted by    |    July 14th, 2013 at 10:29 am

Tonight, Sunday July 14, is the 4th Annual Bastille on Bishop. The party starts at 6pm in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. There will be plenty of French food, French beverages, French music and of course, plenty of pétanque!

The food will be sold for cash, and our participating restaurant parters include Bolsa, Boulevardier, Jonathon’s, Nova, Chicken Scratch, Eno’s, Oddfellows, Emporium Pie and Oak Cliff Creperie and the mobile bread baking of Village Baking Company. Each restaurant has created their own dish to serve, inspired by French street food and created right here in Oak Cliff. You’ll be able to choose from sausage sandwiches, coq au vin, duck confit sliders, beignets and more! You’ll want to bring cash to purchase the food from each booth – but we will have ATM machines on site for as long as they have cash available.

The wine, beer and cocktails will be available via token from 4 different bar locations in the district. The tokens are $6 each, and you’ll need to pre-purchase your wine glass to enjoy the festivities. You can pre-purchase your glass at Prekindle and avoid some of the lines at the start of the event. The wine glass is just $10.

Finally, our friends at Methodist Hospital have generously allowed our guests to park in their lot next to the Hitt Auditorium at the intersection of Bishop and Colorado. Spokes Pedicabs will deliver you to the event for a small cash donation – and you don’t have to worry about fighting to find a parking space! Parking will be extremely difficult in the Bishop Arts District – we suggest Oak Cliff residents either walk or ride bikes to the event. And if you are driving then please respect our neighbors and do not block driveways or park illegally. You will be ticketed and towed! Your best bet is to park at Methodist Hospital and take the bike cab to the party!

See you tonight – rain or shine! It’s going to be a glorious cool summer night in Bishop Arts!

DART Approves Extended Shuttle Route from Downtown to Edgefield Ave.

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

At July 9th’s DART Board meeting, the team approved a revised route for the new shuttle service that will run from Downtown to North Oak Cliff via an extended loop through the Winnetka Heights neighborhood.

At first, only two routes were planned for the shuttle — Route 21 from the Arts District to Bishop Arts with a loop from W. Davis St. to Jefferson Blvd. via

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Routes 21 & 49

Llewellyn and Zang, and Route 49 from the Medical District to the Cedars via Stemmons Corridor, American Airlines Center and the Convention Center. Now, Route 722 has been added to bring riders a little further West, continuing down Davis to Edgefield, heading East on Jefferson and back up Zang Blvd.

The shuttle is planned to run every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, making it ideal for tourists and visitors hoping to frequent Bishop Arts and N. Oak Cliff without worrying about parking. The new route will also include hotspots along the Davis corridor such as Bolsa and the Kessler Theater, the many restaurants and shopping options on Jefferson Blvd., and the Texas Theater.

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A rendering of the new DART shuttle design

According to an article on the Dallas Morning News site, the shuttle’s start date has been pushed back from late August to Nov. 4th in order to allow time for the shorter, 30-foot buses to arrive. The shuttles will distinguish themselves from DART buses with their shorter length and a unique wrap that will brand the shuttle. They will also have their own fare structure, though Downtown Dallas, Inc., one of the major funders of  project, hopes to eventually make it a free service.

You can read DART’s report on the new service here.

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Route 722
Published in DART’s Board Agenda packet

 

 

Details for Bastille on Bishop

Posted by    |    July 9th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

The fourth annual Bastille on Bishop kicks off this Sunday, July 14th, from 6PM to 10PM in the historic Bishop Arts District (400 and 500 block of Bishop Street b/w Seventh and Melba).  Be prepared for one of the biggest frenchy street fests in all of Texas. French themed foods will be available from ten different local restaurants including crepes, sausage with baguettes, mussels, duck confit, parfaits, and more! Also, if you want to drink some of the incredible wines we’ll have on hand, you’ll need to pick up a wine glass either at the front gate, or pre-order to beat the crowds (We run out every year!). You can reserve yours by “buying a ticket” on Prekindle, and then come to the Will Call tent at Bastille, and we’ll have it saved for you. The ticket price includes the glass and your first fill of wine. Refills can be purchased on site. This year’s wine selection includes a white, a red, and a rosé. Here is the link to buy wine glasses:  http://prekindle.com/promo/id/22815447474330003

Here’s a breakdown of just some of the fun events and activities occurring throughout the day:

For the Family

bastillestreet16PM – 10PM Alliance Francaise de Dallas and the French Chamber of Commerce will be partnering to offer children’s activities in front of Cozy Cottage.

6PM – 10PM Street Petanque – We haul in 4 tons of dirt on the street to make a giant petanque court that’s led by members of Dallas’ own local boules club.

6PM – 10PM French photo booth created by local artist Cathey Miller and run by everyone’s favorite local photographer, Ange Fitzgerald

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Fun on Two Wheels

6:00 PM Le Tour de Tandemonium – Bring out your bicycle built for two and take part in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff’s second annual Le Tour de Tandemoinum bicycle race. Dressing up is encouraged! Find more information here.

6:00 PM Vespa Scooter Rally arrives – What’s more french than riding around on a scooter with a bottle of wine and baguette hanging off the back? Dallas’ favoriscootste scooter group will be meeting at the Dubliner in East Dallas and leaving at 5:15PM heading down Swiss Avenue, through Downtown Dallas, and on to Oak Cliff.

Reminder: If you live in Oak Cliff, it’s much easier to get to the event on bike! Pedicabs will be available to shuttle folks around as well.

 

AccordianMusic (beside Emporium Pies)

6:00 – 7:00PM – DJ Victor Rimach will be spinning french tunes to kick the festival off

7:00 – 8:00PMTexas Gypsies will perform their Django Reinhardt inspired music. Get your dancing shoes on!

8:15 – 9:15PM – Matt Tolentino Quartet -Accordion and Sax virtuoso and leader of the Singapore Slingers, Matt Tolentino, will perform some fun french numbers with members of his old time orchestra.

9:15PM – 10PM - DJ Victor Rimach will help us wind down the evening.

Other Activities

dancegroupDanielle Georigou Dance Group – Be on the lookout for street dancing performances by Dallas’ own avant garde dance troupe.

French Maid Relay – Break out the feather dusters and mini-dresses! Guys and gals sign up onsite for the always amazing French Maid Street Relay.

Wine, Dancing, Games, and More! See you on the street at Bastille on Bishop. C’est Magnifique.

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Many, many thanks to the sponsors who help make Bastille on Bishop possible:
  • Hewitt & Habgood
  • Methodist Dallas Medical Center
  • Square Foot
  • Jenni Stolarski, Briggs Freeman
  • Jim Lake Companies
  • Good Space
  • PSW
  • Hattie’s
  • SWA Group
  • Christian Johnson, Shelter Mortgage
  • Eno’s
  • Oddfellows

(7/14/12) left: Vanessa Strunk and Jennifer Mejia serve up baquette sandwiches

 

Jefferson Tower Block to be Revitalized

Posted by    |    June 3rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm

jeff1In 1929, the Brinkerhoff & Bennett Investment built what they dubbed the Medical-Dental Building of Oak Cliff, on a block of Jefferson Boulevard between Madison and Bishop streets.  In short order, the block would become home to a Sears Roebuck & Company, a piano store, men and women’s fashions, and more.

If you walk through the building today, you’ll see old hints of its past including medical motifs in the lobby, vintage elevator switches, and an electrical room in the basement with dusty fuses and old gauges that appear to be frozen in time.

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The Oak Cliff Film Fest Returns!

Posted by    |    June 1st, 2013 at 11:28 pm

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In case you missed it last year, this is the official second installment of one of the coolest events found on the south side of the river. Not only are great films featured, but each of the festival’s locations spotlight some of Oak Cliff’s most historic sites, including El Sibil, home of artist Frank Reaugh who moved to the area in the 1890′s, the former “Bluebird Theater”, originally opened in 1914 as a silent film house and now dubbed “Bishop Arts Theatre”, as well as the Kessler Theatre, the Belmont Hotel, Oil and Cotton, and of course, the Texas Theatre.

The  four, fun-filled days of films, parties, and events begins on Thursday, June 6. On Saturday, June 8, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will host “I Declare War!” an epic treasure hunt ride that begins at 5:30PM. More details can be found on the facebook event page here.

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5th Annual Brew Riot – May 19, 2013!

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2013 at 11:16 am

Brew Riot 2013 is taking place May, 19 2013 in the Bishop Arts District,  and with more than 60 home brew teams signed up it’s sure to be one heck of a party! We’re expecting a hugh crowd this year, so we recommend you read the information below and buy your tickets in advance.

The fun kicks off with the 2nd annual 1.1 mile beer run, which starts at Nova Restaurant (1417 West Davis) at 3:30pm and proceeds down 7th Street with 3 beer stops before the finish line in Bishop Arts. If you plan to participate in the 1.1 then you MUST register in advance. The cost is $35 and that INCLUDES your admission into Brew Riot as well as the ever popular 1.1 sticker for your car. Tickets for the 1.1 are available via PreKindle – click here! Runners need to be at Nova by 3pm and the run will start at 3:30pm.

If running isn’t quite your bag, then go ahead and purchase your ticket in advance for Brew Riot. The cost is $20 and this gives you the opportunity to sample all of the home brews and vote for your favorite. There’s some amazing beer being poured this year, and odds are good that many of these home brew teams are your next local commercial breweries. Four Corners Brewing Co. got their start at the very first Brew Riot, and look at them now! Pre-sale tickets for Brew Riot are available via PreKindle – click here!

The beer starts flowing at 4pm and will be served until teams run out and we crown a People’s Choice Champion of the 5th Annual Brew Riot.

In addition to beer we’ve also got a great line up of live music, including The O’s, The Birds of Night and Hunter Jones!

 

Parade Watching Party 2013

Posted by    |    February 9th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

The 5th Annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade kicks off at 4pm on Sunday, February 10th, 2013 from the corner of Davis Avenue and Windomere (across the street from Nova Restaurant) and will rumble down Davis all the way to the Bishop Arts District. With nearly 60 parade entrants, it’s sure to be packed with lots of music, beads and fun for the entire family.

The pre-party this year will start at 12pm in the lot between Safety Glass and Calvario Funeral Home (312 West Davis, Dallas TX 75208), which has the benefit of seeing the parade pass on BOTH sides of the lot (both the Davis side and the 7th side feature the parade). Just like last year Michelle Carpenter and her Cajun friends and family will provide a full crawfish boil starting at 1pm, and we will have two beer tents to help wash it down. There will also be New Orleans sandwiches, red beans & rice, and jambalaya for sale in addition to the crawfish.

Here’s the line-up of the live music at the official Parade Watching Party:

12:15 – 1:15 Club Wood
1:40 – 2:30 Big Chief
2:50 – 3:30 Inner City All-Stars
3:50 – 6:30 Zydeco Blanco  (with a gap for the parade around 4:20 – 5:00)

The party will go until 6:30pm, or until we run out of crawfish! Bring some friends and join us for a great day in Oak Cliff!