Wednesday, April 5, 2023

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Fellow Cliff Dwellers,

Happy April! Here are a few key updates for District 1:

Traffic Calming at Adamson H.S. Thanks to Principal Stephanie Amaya, Abraham Moreno, DISD Trustee Ben Mackey, and other advocates who have continued to push for better safety pedestrian safety measures for school children, the City has completed all three phases of traffic calming at the school, including the installation of Speed Humps, enhanced signage, and corrected and more visible striping. City infrastructure isn’t just for cars – we should always prioritize the safety of pedestrians over motor vehicles, and I’m glad to see these efforts come to life. #OakCliffLovesPedestrians

North Oak Cliff Library. The Dallas Public Library system has 30 library branches, but only one in District 1, the North Oak Cliff Branch Library at 302 W 10th St. Recently, I became a "Close Friend" member of the North Oak Cliff Library Friends. Click here for the form to become a member of the North Oak Cliff Library Friends if you and your family want to support the work they do to fund programming like toddler story time, art contests, and adult continuing education. Also, after hearing from countless D1 residents, it is clear that we need to fight for more library funding in the upcoming 2024 bond for libraries like the North Oak Cliff Branch Library and others in surrounding council districts.

1950 Fort Worth Avenue (former Miramar Hotel) SurveyAs you may know, the City is issuing a new request for proposals (RFP) for a services provider at the rapid rehousing/permanent supportive housing development planned for the property located at 1950 Fort Worth Avenue (formerly known as the Miramar Hotel). Below you will find a link to survey to provide input for the services provider RFP. Please take a few moments to take this very important survey!

Short Term Rental (STR) Survey ResultsLast week, I walked through the results of the STR survey for D1 residents. The results are here. And here are the highlights:

  • 617 people took the survey
  • 499 responses were from residents of District 1 or neighborhoods bordering District 1, with the large majority of responses coming from residents in the 75208 zip code
  • One third of survey participants within Oak Cliff zip codes expressed that they believe STRs should not be allowed in single-family neighborhoods
  • 17% of those surveyed identified themselves as a current STR owner
  • Registration and permitting fees, on-property parking and the regulation of outdoor events on property were seen as “very important” by nearly half of those surveyed

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to our amazing staff if you need anything:

Ever Amaya - [email protected]

Ashley Long - [email protected]

Have a great weekend!


As mentioned above, the City is issuing a new request for proposals (RFP) for a services provider at the rapid rehousing/permanent supportive housing development planned for the property located at 1950 Fort Worth Avenue (formerly known as the Miramar Hotel). To allow the property to be operated with appropriate accountability in its management, the community has previously provided input through community meetings and surveys. That input has been incorporated into the property's zoning and terms for a Good Neighbor Agreement. At a March 6 meeting at KPUMC, the Office of Homelessness Solutions updated the community and discussed potential terms to be added to the new RFP being issued.

Presentation materials from the community meeting can be found here:

Additional input is now being sought for the services provider RFP. Please provide your input by completing the survey above. We ask that you complete the survey on or before Friday, April 21. 

Survey here: 

Principal Tito Salas has done amazing things at John F. Peeler Elementary School. Sadly, he is leaving Peeler, but Councilmember West stopped by his last community coffee on Wednesday afternoon to thank him for everything he has done for Oak Cliff.

From District 1's Arts & Culture Commissioner, Tino Jalomo:

April is Arts Month! All month long the city of Dallas celebrates the arts. You can visit to get information on upcoming events. If you are hosting an event in April (or anytime), please be sure to post it to KERA’s Art & Seek This calendar feeds the listings found on Dallas Arts Month.

I invite you to use this month to try something new. Visit an art exhibit at the OC3 or stop by Top Ten Records or catch “Detroit Rock City” at Texas Theatre. There is so much to do here in D1. But if you want to experience art across the city, there are a couple of free events going on like The Dallas Spring Arts Festival on April 8th from 1 to 5 p.m. in Klyde Warren Park (you can see Ofelia Faz and Flamenco Fever) or the Dallas Arts District Changing Perspectives Block Party on Friday April 14th from 6:30 to 11 p.m. (you can catch Monica Saldivar, Dezi 5, Fred Villanueva, and others).


Update on Cliff Manor Apartments

The Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) owns Cliff Manor apartments on Fort Worth Avenue, and it currently serves as public housing for elderly and disabled residents. The 12-story building opened in 1970 and contains 189 units. DHA is working to obtain approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine the building obsolete due to the current issues with the building systems and the potential cost of repairs outweighing the value of the building. An engineering firm has been retained to review the building conditions and to prepare a physical needs assessment identifying what systems (plumbing, electrical, structure, roof) would need to be repaired or upgraded and what that would cost.

Getting a determination of obsolescence from HUD would allow DHA to demolish the structure and redevelop the site. That could mean DHA would develop another lower scale public housing development spread out on more of the site or possibly a mixed-use development on the site. Another alternative is for DHA to sell the property, with HUD approval, to a developer and place deed restrictions on the development to require a certain percentage of low-income units as part of the development. An example of this type of development is the new public/private development called The Oaks underway on South Llewellyn. 

DHA will know by June if the building meets the threshold for obsolescence and then HUD will review the request and if granted, provide the approval for DHA to dispose of the property. If that is the case, DHA will work with the current tenants to relocate them to other facilities or provide them with replacement housing vouchers to find units in the private sector. DHA will also work with the community on the plans for the redevelopment of the site through a series of public meetings. 

April is National Safe Digging Month!

Small flags in your neighborhood indicate a digging project is planned, and someone has called 811 to locate underground utility lines. Texas law requires homeowners, businesses, and contractors to call 811 at least two business days before digging. Common projects that require someone to contact 811 can include: Building a fence, planting trees, installing a deck and any DIY (Do It Yourself) project that involves digging.  

According to the National Common Ground Alliance, the national association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them, and their communities, revealed half of American homeowners who plan to dig this year will complete landscaping projects that require a call to 811. For more information about Texas811 and National Safe Digging Month, visit 

Our office has heard from several residents recently regarding concerns for safety near the bridge at I-30 and Sylvan. The Office of Homelessness Solutions is working to have iron fencing, such as the ones depicted in these photos, installed in the near future.

Safety Concerns at

 I-30 and Sylvan

There are funds still available to help pay water bills for qualified, low-income homeowners and renters in Dallas. Learn more at:  

  • 3-1-1 Dashboard here
  • Crime Analytics Dashboard here
  • Domestic Violence Crime Dashboard here
  • Fire-Rescue Dashboard is here
  • Open Data Portal is here
  • Census Data Hub here
  • OHS Service Request Dashboard here
  • Vision Zero Dashboard here
  • FreshStart Program Dashboard here
  • ForwardDallas Land Use Plan interactive map
  • Public Zoning Map here
  • Pavement Conditions map here

Tuesday, April 4th - 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Forward Dallas Lunch N' Learn: Missing Middle Housing

Tuesday, April 4th - 5:30PM - 6:30PM

MLK Remembrance Ceremony

Thursday, April 13th - 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Dallas Arts Month- KERA as a Hub for the Arts

For the complete list of all upcoming City events, including committee meetings and council meetings, click here.

From 1:30 to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, the West Dallas Multipurpose Center will be hosting a fresh produce drive thru. Residents can drive-up (or walk-up) to WDMC and will receive fresh produce, free of charge – no qualifications required. The first one is March 24. Partners include The Last Patrol, The American Heart Association and North Dallas Food Bank.

The Office of Homeless Solutions Give Responsibly campaign encourages donations to nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors to end homelessness and reduce street charity. To help, residents can text 214-740-7886 with the word CARES. Residents will then receive a direct link to the, where they can Give Responsibly to help end homelessness.

Learn how you can be the solution by giving to nonprofit service providers directly.  

Download the application on your Android phone HERE or iPhone HERE