“ Oak Cliff derives its name from the massive oaks that crown the soft green cliffs...” -- 1890 Why the name “ Oak Cliff”? “ Cool and healthful breezes prevail during the entire heated term, and there is not a night in the hot months of summer when discomfort is felt from the heat…”
Hotel Cliff Oak Cliff: Vacation Resort Marsalis park and zoo
Bishop Arts District 1904: Busiest Southbound trolley stop in Dallas (Davis) Warehouses and shop sprung up nearby Trolley stopped in the mid-1950s – area declined
What the hell happened? 1893 : Depression – development stopped 1903 : Oak Cliff votes to annex itself to Dallas 1960s : I-35 E South cuts through Oak Cliff and streetcars shut down 1970s : Desegregation of O.C.’s high schools 1980s : SOC a dangerous low-income area 1990s : Demographic change 2000s : The comeback!
The renaissance 1985: Jim Lake begins developing the old empty storefronts on Bishop/Davis Artists and entrepreneurs move in Lake gives it the name “Bishop Arts District” – a walkable, urban environment
February 2010: $23 million federal grant “ This award is a game-changer for North Oak Cliff...” August 2010: Rezoning for mix of retail, office and residential development along Davis/Bishop Arts The return of streetcars to Oak Cliff YOU ARE HERE