Changes Being Proposed to Dallas' Tree Ordinance

On Monday, June 15th, a hearing will be held at 11:00 AM at City Hall by the Dallas Urban Forestry Advisory Committee on possible revisions to the city's tree ordinance.  

If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may email your comments to committee leaders Steve Houser  and Bill Seaman.

The current proposed language can be found here. 

An article detailing the hearing can be found on the Unfair Park Blog.

And the winner is....

At the June 9th general meeting of OOCCL, a cover was chosen for the upcoming reprint of "The Hidden City".

And the winner is.....

A special thank you to League member John Stolly, of John Stolly Design, for the great job he did designing the cover and retouching the old photograph of the shopping center at Davis and Edgefield that is still standing today.

Production will begin shortly and we'll keep you informed on the progress.

Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force

In the summer of 2008, Mayor Leppert and Council-member Tennel Atkins organized the "Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force" to spur development south of the Trinity.  The Task Force divided Southern Dallas into 10 sub geographical areas primarily located south of Interstate 30.  The first meeting of the Task Force was on August 21, 2008.  League member Darryl Baker and OOCCL President Michael Amonett are participating committee members of the Task Force for Area 5.  Committees have been meeting regularly for eight months now.

Read more: Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force

President's Letter - 2nd Quarter

Now Available

Oak Cliff is often referred to as the area of Dallas most like Austin.  There are several similarities.  South Congress has the San Jose and we have the Belmont.  We both have wonderful historic architecture, greenery and topography.  Independent entrepreneurs are responsible for much of the retail and restaurant destinations that make us unique.  And we both are famous for the independent, eclectic, diverse nature of our residents.

A few years ago, a group in Austin came up with a slogan in response to redevelopment that could possibly diminish their character.  They called it "Keep Austin Weird".  It served as a reminder to those seeking to develop in Austin that identity and personality were things of value that residents didn't want to lose.   Not only were the residents concerned but also those beyond Austin's city limits who have great affection for the city even though they might not live there.

Read more: President's Letter - 2nd Quarter

OOCCL Neighborhood Conference and Survey

Our Neighborhood Conference was very informative.  Many of the speakers were so engaged, that they could've used twice the time alloted.  Vicki Fitzgerald did a great job assembling a wide variety of speakers, topics and materials that were informative and interesting. 

At the conference, we passed out a short survey to attendees to get their opinions about life in Oak Cliff and how we can make it better. 

1. Please tell us the three most important issues facing your neighborhood today.

The predominant concern heard over and over again was Code Enforcement.  After that was a close tie between crime and graffiti.  Loose dogs were another concern.  And concern over the effects of rezoning efforts by adjacent property owners on traffic, property values and parking.

2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your neighborhood association and how would you like to see it improve?

Read more: OOCCL Neighborhood Conference and Survey

Dallas Fire Dept. - Adopt a Station Program

On May 11, Deputy Chief Harold Holland with the Dallas Fire Department addressed OOCCL to discus their community outreach program to help address the needs of our area fire stations.  Many of the stations are in disrepair and in need of serious basic infrastructure repairs as well as everyday items that help a firefighter through their 24 hour shifts. 

An article detailing the conditions at our area fire stations appeared in the Dallas Morning News last year and can be viewed here.

For more information on what you or your organization can do to help, click here.