Monday, April 25, 2011

2011 Oak Cliff Earth Day

Thanks to Jason Wright and all the other JMBP volunteers who helped out at the Oak Cliff Earth Day info booth! (photo courtesy of Oak Cliff People)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Phase Two Planting - A Huge Success!

The volunteers of the Jefferson Median Beautification Project really came through on the morning of Saturday, March 12th. We had so many helpers - 62 to be exact - the work was finished in about two hours. Incredible!

We planted 22 trees and most have already been adopted. But we still have a few trees needing adoptions. Adopting a tree just means you will water it weekly when it is dry during the critical first two years. That's it! To adopt a tree, email JeffersonMedian[at]aol[dot]com.

Big thanks to all who came out to help, including football players from Adamson High School and even volunteers from outside Oak Cliff. Great job, everyone!

(Photos courtesy of Lybo Buchcanan. View more here and here.)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 12th: Planting Date Set!

It's official!! Planting date for this season is Saturday, March 12th. Trees will arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 in the morning. Volunteers should arrive then, as well.

This year we are planting in those short blocks just west of where we planted last time - a couple blocks west of Hampton next to the former Albertson's (now Rio Grande) and behind the CVS (but in the Jefferson median, naturally).


Bring gloves, shovels, wire cutters and depending on the weather -- sunscreen, a jacket, or rain gear. This is Texas after all!

Please tell all your Oak Cliff friends. We have 22 trees coming and it's good to have 3 people per tree so we need a lot of volunteers. We got done in 2 1/2 hours last time and with enough people we can do that again.

See you on March 12th!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

National Recognition for Oak Cliff

According to This Old House, north Oak Cliff is a good place to buy an old home. Click here to read the story or you can read it below. Fun to see Oak Cliff recognized nationally!

North Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas
Located minutes from downtown, across the Trinity River via the Houston Street Viaduct, North Oak Cliff is no typical Dallas neighborhood. Built on a solid-rock foundation (as opposed to the clay on which most of Dallas sits), the area has rolling hills and majestic trees that provide an escape from the city's flatness. North Oak Cliff has "the kind of authenticity you just don't see anymore," says resident Michael Amonett, who points in particular to the historically preserved
architecture. Visitors quickly pick up on something else: a not-so-business- driven way of life, illustrated by an arts scene and exuberant community that's earned North Oak Cliff an "Austin of Dallas" label. Whether it's at a craft fair or a Bastille Day parade, locals here celebrate with aplomb.

The Houses
Tudors and Craftsman bungalows are predominant, and Spanish Colonial Revivals, Spanish Eclectic, and Italian Renaissance houses can be found in smaller numbers. Recently, a restored English Tudor with a custom kitchen sold for $225,000. First-time buyers can find smaller, move-in-ready cottages and bungalows starting at $100,000.

Why Buy Here?
North Oak Cliff seems to seamlessly combine old and new. Michael Amonett lives in the house his grandfather built in 1936, and his story is not unique. Many families have resided here for generations, and their beautifully maintained homes, generally in need of only minor updates, occasionally become available. The area's property values stand to rise in 2013 with the return of a downtown-bound streetcar system. Our advice? Get in while the getting's good.

Among the best for: The Southwest
  • Family Friendly
  • Cottages & Bungalows
  • City Living
  • First-Time Buyers
  • Easy Commute
Way to go north Oak Cliff!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Streets to Plaza: A Project Realized

The JMBP isn't the only group striving to improve our little corner of Oak Cliff. Check out this update on Tyler Street between Davis and Jefferson reposted from Go Oak Cliff:

"If you read the Dallas Morning News late last week, you probably picked up on an item that Go Oak Cliff is helping put together…Dallas’ first Streets to Plaza conversion. We’re still outlining plans and developing the project, but since the cat is out of the bag we wanted to reveal a bit more about the effort. For those who may be unfamiliar with our past projects, Go OC created a “Better Block” initiative where we took an area of old buildings with high vehicle traffic and turned it into a European styled walkable block, complete with temporary coffee shop, flower/gift market, kids’ art spaces, fruit stands, bike lanes, and cafe seating. Much to our surprise, the success of that project resonated nationwide and queued up the potential for a series of other projects we’ll be unveiling shortly."

For information on how to "Build a Better Block" check out Go OC's article here. And stay tuned for more news about this amazing opportunity for Oak Cliff!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Annabella + Daisy

Check out this adorable photograph of Annabella with her bur oak tree, Daisy. Super cute! Big thanks to Annabella and her family for adopting Daisy and keeping her watered all summer long.

You, too, can adopt a tree! Click here to learn how.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Big Thanks to Robert Bellamy Design!

Small community movements like the Jefferson Median Beautification Project count on businesses like Robert Bellamy Design to help out with in-kind gifts.

For our tree planting project back in December 2009, Robert Bellamy Design donated four crew members to dig 18 holes for the large trees. For the uninitiated, the soil in Oak Cliff is notoriously rocky. It took Bellamy's guys a total of 8 hours to dig the holes!

Big thanks to Robert Bellamy Design + crew for their commitment to helping out the JMBP. Their hard work made the tree planting project a lot more enjoyable, and gave the weekend volunteers a break from this arduous task. Thanks, guys!

Robert Bellamy Design is an independent Dallas business specializing in landscape installation and architectural development. Visit them online at