Urban Coops on Tour

Your neighbors with Oak Cliff Coop Snoop are raising awareness of backyard chicken keeping while also raising money to install coops and flocks in Dallas schools.  Its members believe that a movement toward local, ethically raised food can begin in your backyard.  In 2011, Oak Cliff Coop Snoop is showcasing at least 8 urban chicken coops – all within a one mile radius!

October 22, 2011 -10am-3pm

700 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

More information: http://oakcliffcoopsnoop.blogspot.com/

National Night Out and Historic District Plaque Dedication Set for Tuesday, October 4

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Join your neighbors on Tuesday, October 4 as we recognize National Night Out, a crime and safety awareness effort that draws attention to the importance of community involvement in crime prevention.

This year, our event will also serve to dedicate our historic district plaque as we honor the efforts of our neighbors in creating the historic district in 1981.

We will gather on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in Heights Garden, 7th and Rosemont

7th Street connector to become a pedestrian plaza

This afternoon, the Davis Garden Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District approved a proposal to allocate just over $200,000 for the permanent closure of the Davis to 7th Street connector and the creation of a pedestrian plaza (the “Rosemont Plaza”) over the closed road.

The closing of the connector has been a long time goal of the neighborhood and this action brings that dream closer to reality.  The approval of funds starts the design process for the plaza, which is currently only in concept form.  We will keep the neighborhood apprised of developments, but it looks like the traffic cones will finally give way to permanent landscaping and hardscaping.  Come celebrate this achievement at our National Night Out at Heights Garden on October 4 at 6 p.m.  We are gathering at Heights Garden this year, at 7th and Rosemont, right at the site of the new Rosemont Plaza

With the development of the proposed multi-family housing complex at the corner of Rosemont and Davis, that entrance to Winnetka Heights is going to be transformed in the coming months.  The Neighborhood Association will monitor these developments to make sure that the concerns of neighbors, particularly as related to traffic and parking, are heard.

The money allocated to the Rosemont Plaza stems from an agreement between the City of Dallas and INCAP whereby INCAP contributed $1 million to the Davis Garden TIF in lieu of constructing median and other street improvements.  The District also approved funding a safe bike route around Rosemont Elementary, improvements to the Davis Street corridor for bicycle safety, and funds for the Kessler Theater for pedestrian amenities and other improvements  around the theater. The Kessler Theater funds will be matched on a three-to-one basis by a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Community Meeting on Fire Truck Transfer Set for September 22

The proposed City of Dallas budget includes plans to downgrade two North Oak Cliff fire stations: Number 26 on Westmoreland and Jefferson and Number 15 on Eigth and Patton.  Among other issues, downgrading would leave North Oak Cliff residents with no local hook and ladder truck as the nearest such truck would be stationed on Akard St. downtown. 

The proposed downgrading and transfers will be the subject of a public meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at  the Martin Weiss Recreation Center, 1111 Martindell.   City Council member Delia Jasso has organized the meeting and will be joined by A.C. Gonzalez, an assistant city manager, and interim Fire Chief Louie Bright III.

Many Oak Cliff neighbors are fighting to save our hook and ladder trucks. These ladder trucks help firefighters cut holes in the roofs of burning structures to remove smoke and aid rescue efforts.

Many Winnetka Heights Residents have signed the petition asking the city to reconsider the move.  Here is a link to the online petition:  http://www.petitiononline.com/fire2615/petition.html.  Residents are also encouraged to contact their city council representative and other city officials to help stop the downgrading of the Oak Cliff stations.

Membership Meeting, Happy Hour Tuesday

The Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association quarterly General Membership Meeting will take place Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm at the Turner House, 401 N. Rosemont.  Please join us for an update on neighborhood projects.

Then, join your neighbors for a drink and bite, down the street at NOVA. 8:00 p.m. They have graciously agreed to host us and offer happy hour prices for our group ($5 house wine, $5 specialty cocktails, $4 pints, $1 off wells).