5 Reasons I Love Living in Oak Cliff
While I own a business in Deep Ellum, I call Oak Cliff home. When I moved back to Dallas from NYC in 2014, one of the conditions I made for myself was that I had to live in Oak Cliff. I’ve lived all over Dallas, but has always had a fondness for Oak Cliff. It’s been home for the past 4 years and inspires me everyday.
- I know my neighbors. Not all of them, but I can’t walk down my street without stopping to say hi to someone I know and catch up with what’s going on in their life. Community is a big reason I moved to Oak Cliff 4 years ago and why I don’t want to live anywhere else.
- You don’t need a car to get around Oak Cliff. I ride my bike everywhere in the neighborhood while my car stays parked in the parking lot. I run errands, go to the grocery store, and I can’t remember the last time I drove my car to Bishop Arts. I have to thank the bike advocates who came before me and worked diligently with the city to get bicycle infrastructure installed.
- I can get to work in Deep Ellum by bike in 25 minutes. It’s only 5 miles from my apartment to Local Hub, but I would much rather be riding my bike to work and feeling the wind on my face then sitting in traffic. I get to ride over the Houston Street viaduct and watch the sun rise on the East side of the bridge illuminating the high rises downtown. There is nothing that compares to that view welcoming me to the Dallas business district.
- Tacos. Oak Cliff has the best selection of taquerias in Dallas. It’s so easy to swing by my favorite spot on my bike and take some home. The hard part is figuring out which tacos I want. Between C. Señor, El Si Hay, Taco y Vino, and Cesar’s, I can get tacos on any day at any time.
- Green space is abundant. I’m lucky to have so many parks in walking and riding distance. Kiest Park, Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, Kidd Springs, Coombs Creek Trail, Founders Park are all within biking distance. When the concrete gets too hot and stale, I know I can pedal to a park and cool off by taking a breather in the grass and watching my neighbors enjoy being outside.
Owner, Local Hub Bicycle Company