2011 Fall Home Tour Preview III
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Cedar Hill - East Kessler

Built in 1936 for the World’s Fair and the centennial anniversary of the State Fair of Texas, 1302 Cedar Hill Avenue celebrates its 75th anniversary this year as an architectural icon in East Kessler Park. The Roy Eastus Realty Company selected the site for its elevation and stunning east and west views of the city skyline. More than four-and-a-half miles of electric wire were installed to power state-of-the-art General Electric kitchen appliances, interior lighting, and the outdoor living areas and swimming pool, earning the residence the title of the “Electric House”.

2011 Tour BONUS Property - Twelve Hills Nature Preserve
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Twelve Hills Nature CenterAs an additional bonus property this year - after the tour - please stop by the Twelve Hills Nature Preserve.  Twelve Hills is an urban nature preserve right here in the heart of Oak Cliff.   It serves as an outdoor classroom and passive recreational area. It seeks to educate both adults and children about environmental stewardship and community-building through the grassroots creation and maintenance of a native Texas blackland prairie, and small wetland.
Twelve Hills is a very beautiful addition to our local urban environment that seeks to keep a part of our blackland prarie topography pure and untouched.    

2011 Fall Home Tour Preview II
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W. 8th St. - Bishop Arts District

When Reddick W. Shaw commenced building a five-room cottage at 416 W. Eighth St. in April of 1908, Thomas Marsalis’ dream of developing an upscale town called Oak Cliff was 20 years in the past. Marsalis had died in poverty, Oak Cliff had voted for annexation into the City of Dallas, and a private company had laid streetcar tracks across the Trinity River to within one block of Shaw’s construction site. The Dallas Land & Loan Addition II would become a working-class neighborhood instead of a rich enclave.

The modern but humble house cost Shaw just $1.15 per square foot to erect. It sat on a foundation of logs, its internal walls were wooden shiplap covered in wallpaper, and nothing bigger than a 2" by 4" was used above floor level. Reverend George West bought the home from Shaw and lived there ten years, adding a sleeping porch, servants quarters, fruit trees, and a garden. The houses on Eighth St. coexisted with commercial uses surrounding the Seventh St. stop on the North Loop streetcar line. Records indicate 416 8th became a rental property during the 1930s, with houses leasing on the block for just $30 monthly.

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DATE: Thursday September 22, 2011
TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Martin Weiss Recreation Center 1111 Martindell MAP
MORE: Councilmember Delia Jasso and Assistant City Manager Al Gonzalez discuss the planned downgrading of two local OC fire stations. Hook and ladder trucks would be moved from 3 city stations.... 2 of them right here in Oak Cliff making the closest one on Akard St. downtown.
RSVP to Delias's office at 214-670-4052

New budget plans are underway to downgrade 2 area OOCCL fire stations: number 26 on Westmoreland and Jefferson and number 15 on Eigth and Patton.  Among other issues, downgrading would make the nearest hook and ladder truck have to come from Akard St. downtown.




Mrs. Jasso and Mr. Griggs,

I am forwarding the message that was sent to me via the Jasso office. I reject the reasoning for several reasons.

1.To tell us that our service will be more efficient when the Ladder truck will be 2 miles away instead of 3 blocks away is nonsensical.

2.To tell us that the revision of Station # 52 to accommodate the move is going to cost between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000 is completely unrealistic. Station # 52 was built for a reduced staff decades ago. The ambulance does not fit into the station now. The shift being moved from Station # 26 has several female firefighters. There is no provision at Station # 52 for them. Only 1 toilet at the station works( even though there has been a work order for 2 years asking for repairs). There is no adequate dressing room and shower space for separate facilities for the female officers( which is obligatory).

3.To accommodate the Ladder Truck walls will have to be knocked out.
Sleeping facilities built for 4 to 6 firefighters will have to be rebuilt for 12. The kitchen is inadequate. There is no way all this work can be done for the sum quoted.

4.The plan is now to move the boat and brush truck at Station # 52 to Station # 26 where they are not needed. Those items should stay closer to Joe Pool Lake where they were intended in the first place.

After hearing how these plans to change the position of Fire Rescue Ladder Trucks have circulated from one neighborhood fire station to another neighborhood fire station and subsequently been dropped because of resident and City Council objections, now we come to North Oak Cliff. Three of the four proposed changes are now zeroed in on Oak Cliff. Where are the promises to stop dumping on the residents of Oak Cliff? We have now heard that higher ups in the Fire Rescue Department have flatly stated that this plan will be implemented unless the City Council Members from those districts put a stop to it. We are now asking you Mrs. Jasso and you Mr. Griggs to put a stop to this. A computer program should not be dictating how the Fire Rescue Service is run. There is no way that these changes can be justified to us.

We need your help with this.
Barbara Barbee, President Beverly Hills Neighborhood Association

Ms. Barbee,

Good morning from the office of Councilwoman Delia Jasso, District 1. The information below is from Louie W. Bright, III, Interim Fire Chief for the Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) Department. Please share this information with the members of the Beverly Hills Neighborhood Association and anyone else who may benefit from this information. Additionally, expect an email soon regarding a public meeting on an update on fire station #’s 15, 26.
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