Changes Being Proposed to Dallas' Tree Ordinance
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On Monday, June 15th, a hearing will be held at 11:00 AM at City Hall by the Dallas Urban Forestry Advisory Committee on possible revisions to the city's tree ordinance.  

If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may email your comments to committee leaders Steve Houser  and Bill Seaman.

The current proposed language can be found here. 

An article detailing the hearing can be found on the Unfair Park Blog.

Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force
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In the summer of 2008, Mayor Leppert and Council-member Tennel Atkins organized the "Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force" to spur development south of the Trinity.  The Task Force divided Southern Dallas into 10 sub geographical areas primarily located south of Interstate 30.  The first meeting of the Task Force was on August 21, 2008.  League member Darryl Baker and OOCCL President Michael Amonett are participating committee members of the Task Force for Area 5.  Committees have been meeting regularly for eight months now.
And the winner is....
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At the June 9th general meeting of OOCCL, a cover was chosen for the upcoming reprint of "The Hidden City".

And the winner is.....

A special thank you to League member John Stolly, of John Stolly Design, for the great job he did designing the cover and retouching the old photograph of the shopping center at Davis and Edgefield that is still standing today.

Production will begin shortly and we'll keep you informed on the progress.
President's Letter - 2nd Quarter
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Oak Cliff is often referred to as the area of Dallas most like Austin.  There are several similarities.  South Congress has the San Jose and we have the Belmont.  We both have wonderful historic architecture, greenery and topography.  Independent entrepreneurs are responsible for much of the retail and restaurant destinations that make us unique.  And we both are famous for the independent, eclectic, diverse nature of our residents.

A few years ago, a group in Austin came up with a slogan in response to redevelopment that could possibly diminish their character.  They called it "Keep Austin Weird".  It served as a reminder to those seeking to develop in Austin that identity and personality were things of value that residents didn't want to lose.   Not only were the residents concerned but also those beyond Austin's city limits who have great affection for the city even though they might not live there.
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