Press Release
9/18/2017


Old Oak Cliff Conservation League
Announces Name Change to
Heritage Oak Cliff

 

Dallas, TX - A longtime advocate for the preservation of the history and heritage of Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhoods is changing its name after 43 years of service. Old Oak Cliff Conservation League announced today that it will now be called "Heritage Oak Cliff".

 

"We are very pleased to announce these changes," said Ellie Hajek, the organization's President. "Since 1974, we have been at the forefront of the preservation movement in Dallas, working to protect not only the structures that help give Oak Cliff its character, but also the culture, customs and traditions of our neighborhoods." 

 

There will be no interruption in the organization's scheduled activities, chief of which is the Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour, scheduled for October 21-22. Information about Heritage Oak Cliff can now be found at www.heritageoakcliff.org.

 

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 organization considered changing its name several times over the years, but finally acted this year. A Name and Logo Review Committee was formed by the Board of Directors. The committee worked closely with Pink Jacket Studio, a branding firm headquartered in Oak Cliff and owned by two Oak Cliff residents. Input was received from a broad swath of the community, especially the organization's membership. The actual name change was voted on at the Board meeting in June, with "Heritage Oak Cliff" quickly receiving broad support. The name change was then kept a secret while the look of the logo was determined. The changes were announced at the Bishop Arts Theater Center on September 18th in conjunction with the 2017 Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour Reveal Reception. 

 

 

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Formerly Old Oak Cliff Conservation League