Oak Cliff – Explain

What’s the deal on Oak Cliff? I know people who live there and love it. They think it’s the new Oak Lawn with super cute houses and great people. On the other hand, people who don’t live there think it’s a crime ridden slum.

So which it is?

13 Comments so far

  1. habitatgirl (unregistered) on February 1st, 2005 @ 5:05 pm

    Well, as someone with friends there, I’d say it was a transitional neighborhood in the grand tradition of Wicker Park in Chicago and Little Five Points in Atlanta. It still has residual impoverished areas and crime, but it’s a hotbed of new shops, restaurants and housing renovations. And it’s the most naturally beautiful environment in Dallas, in terms of actual hills and foliage!

  2. mja (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 7:25 am

    I’d agree with the ‘most naturally beautiful environment in Dallas’. It’s a pity I constrained my real estate agent to search in North Dallas when I moved here (I was working at Central and LBJ at the time). These days I commute to Plano and find it to be soulless and sterile – an impression that seems more stark if I’ve been in Oak Cliff recently.

  3. GEddieG (unregistered) on February 7th, 2005 @ 11:15 am

    Interesting question and one I wouldn’t answer, because it’s totally a matter of opinion.

    But your topic brings up a bigger issue. Dallas is the only city in which I’ve lived where people feel it is their right, their obligation and their duty to express their opinion on where people live.

    It’s absolutely bizarre. It’s almost like there’s something in the water!

    I’ve lived in Lakewood, Preston Hollow, Highland Park and North Dallas, and gotten snide comments for every single neighborhood!

  4. Les (unregistered) on February 10th, 2005 @ 1:58 pm

    I’m not surprised Eddie baby! Everyone know only poseurs live in the areas you mentioned. I live in N. Oak Cliff so I am cool. T

    But seriosly though folks. We spread the crime rumour because we don’t want soccer mums and their ilk (GEG) to move here with their Volvos and jobs in advertising.

    South Oak Cliff is another issue. YMMV

  5. GEDDIEG (unregistered) on February 15th, 2005 @ 4:11 pm

    What most impressed me with your comment Lez, was your use of the word “ilk.” It isn’t used nearly enough.

    Back to vehicles and Oak Cliff residents. Everyone I know in that neighborhood has multiple forms of transportation OR gas guzzlers.

    Oak Cliff = White waste

  6. Lauri (unregistered) on March 25th, 2005 @ 10:35 pm

    and what’s not to love about North Oak Cliff? It’s true that those who live here like to keep the secret. However, in fairness to others, some of the draw is that it is like living in a small town with all of the amenities of the city nearby. The natural beauty, the people, the attitude are all a wonderful part of the place. It is a true “neighborhood”. People here care about each other and watch out for each other and live like “days gone by”. Then we can hop on the nearby highways and go drive crazy with the North Dallas folks. Returning home is like going back in time again…back to the rolling hills and greenery…to people who take a moment to wave or say hello…it’s a state of mind.

  7. Kevin (unregistered) on April 19th, 2005 @ 2:11 pm

    Very interesting comments to everybody, thanks for the information. I am moving to Dallas in a short while from Chicago (where I have lived in both Wicker Park and Lakeview) and Oak Cliff sounds like an area that is definitely on the list to check out as a place to live.

    I am looking to avoid typical, drab suburbia as well as the “gotta have a BMW and carry Prada”-attitude that Dallas has a reputation for (I know it’s just a stereotype, I’m not trying to offend anyone, just helps get my point across). Can anyone recommend any other websites or places to get information about Oak Cliff to do some research?

  8. Alan W (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 2:40 pm

    Kevin, since Oak Cliff used to be its own little town, they still have their own “Chamber of Commerce” so you can check it out here. Click on “Our community” for some more links.

  9. christie (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

    The Oak Cliff Conservation League gives a nice summary of the neighborhoods.

  10. habitatgirl (unregistered) on April 28th, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    Kevin, I used to live in Wicker Park too. Great area. I will say that Oak Cliff is a great place to live but much less urban/downtown than Wicker Park. I can’t really think of anything comparable in Dallas except maybe actually living Downtown.

  11. Wendy (unregistered) on June 5th, 2005 @ 12:52 am

    Sorry to but in but Oak Cliff is very cool: look what we are doing for some neighbors. Please come o our party

    A Taste of Oak Cliff” on June 18th from noon till 8pm

    Please visit our website http://www.AtasteofOakCliff.com

  12. zayn (unregistered) on June 18th, 2005 @ 3:12 pm

    The KOOL thang bout Tha Cliff is THAT it’s such a mess!: chaos = cool…take away the mess & you have p.l.a.n.o. (please leave all negroes out): so what’s the question? whether there are too many “slum types” in oak cliff. I guess there are two Cliffs: one hanging on for life and the other jumping on the fingers of the hangers-on.

  13. O.C. (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

    Yo wut it do dis yo boy O.C. reppn dat south d-town groveside till i d.i.e O. to da C. OAK CLIFF BOY!!! da grove is a real tight place to stay at dawg gotz all the homies and we keepn it tight yeah we keep it real downhere cuz we always on da grind gotta make dat dough niga anyway we can so when you see us slangin and hustlin dont hate cuz Mexicans aint gonna live like middle class vatos no mo dis goes out to da whole groveside and all Texas dirty south boy D-TOWN!!!!!!!!

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