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!