Leading up to the Oak Cliff Art Crawl, and Better Block Project, BFOC/Go Oak Cliff members are unveiling the “THINK small” campaign, which is developed as a response to the sophistical “Live Large, Think Big” campaign lead by Dallas CVB. It’s the “Think BIG” campaigns which brought us underground mall-tunnels, giant inhospitable concrete plazas in front of City Hall, multi-million dollar signature bridges, and half-billion dollar hotels, that do nothing to create a sense of community, and a neighborhood which people value and want to live, work, and play in. Dallas deserves more than simply having a skyline that looks great in an airport snowglobe. We recognize that $125 Million dollars is being spent to get us a great looking suspension bridge, while little over $2 Million Dollars was spent in 2000 to create the infrastructure improvements to the small Bishop Arts District block in North Oak Cliff, which has truly created a sense of place and driven real economic change in the area. You could say the exact same for the Katy Trail in Uptown…it’s cost was exponentially less than the Cityplace project built nearby (which promised the creation of a “lively neighborhood”). The money spent on a single mile of highway could create 10 Bishop Arts Districts. That’s the key to “THINK small”, and the reality to creating a city worth living in.
(Bishop Arts District, Oak Cliff)