Neighborhood Tours: North Oak Cliff and the Cottages at Hickory Crossing

October 21, 2015 -
4:15pm to 6:00pm

Tour Descriptions

Transportation + the Future of Urban Neighborhoods: North Oak Cliff

What does the 22nd century neighborhood look like? On this tour we will discuss connected streets and the future of the urban neighborhood in the context of the North Oak Cliff neighborhood. In the 1930’s the Bishop Arts District was the heart of the old street car line. In the 1980’s the Bishop Arts District was revitalized into one of the most popular shopping and restaurant districts in the city, and recently the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) introduced the first electric street car and the Houston St Viaduct was redesigned with connected streets. The transportation transformation of neighborhoods is well underway in North Oak Cliff. Local experts will discuss the relationship between transportation, the fabric of urban land use, and the impact on the diverse communities that call North Oak Cliff home.

Housing First in Dallas: The Cottages at Hickory Crossing

This tour will explore some of the innovative efforts in Dallas to address poverty and chronic homelessness. It will visit the newly constructed Cottages at Hickory Crossing, Dallas’ first Housing First community. The Cottages community is made up of 50 single occupancy housing units with on-site integrated health and social services that serve the chronically homeless with mental illness, substance abuse issues and/or those who have been incarcerated. Participants will hear from partner organizations and learn about community dynamics, architecture and design, and collaboration amongst direct service providers.