Don’t miss the annual OOCCL Fall Home Tour on both days from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased online, at Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumb Store locations at 315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and at 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville. Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call during tour hours, and located in the Bishop Arts District at the corner of Bishop and 8th. Come rain or shine, the tour is on! Advance tickets are $20 adults and $15 senior. Add $5 if purchasing on tour days.
For the record, OOCL is now Heritage Oak Cliff. It is the same longtime advocate for the preservation of the history and heritage of Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhoods, but it’s donning a new name after 43 years of service.
The organization was founded to stop urban decay and to preserve old neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff. The group fought plans to convert streets into major thoroughfares and helped craft zoning to protect neighborhoods. Over the years, however, the scope of the group’s work expanded. The membership now includes neighborhoods well south and east of the old, North Oak Cliff neighborhoods which were the organization’s core when founded. And the group’s programs now reflect a commitment to more than the preservation of buildings. “Through programs like our Oak Cliff Live! Speaker Series, candidate forums, and our This Place Matters Facebook page, we help our neighbors talk about and participate in solving the problems that arise when a community changes so quickly,” said Anne Foster executive vice president.
“Certainly, we will continue to work towards the preservation of our historic buildings that link us to the past, and we will continue to participate in the city’s evaluation of zoning changes, but we will do all of this with a keen eye to preserving the heritage of Oak Cliff, which includes our cultural diversity and our close-knit neighborhood lifestyles that we all love,” added Lee Ruiz, Co-Vice President of Neighborhoods. “The new name is a much better reflection of that.”
The name change and new logo was announced at the Bishop Arts Theater Center on September 18th in conjunction with the 2017 Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour Reveal Reception.