Southwest Dallas Neighborhood Fighting For Rezoning

By Jane Slater, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A group of activists in the La Bajada neighborhood combed their streets Saturday morning, making detailed measurements of the community in hopes of gaining a restriction that will block nearby future development before it begins.

Residents in the Southwest Dallas neighborhood will send the measurements to city officials to apply for NSO – Neighborhood Stabilization Overlay – Status.

If this is granted, the neighborhood would be specially zoned only for single family housing, which prevents all multi-family and commercial projects.

“There’s a lot of sentimental value … here in this house, I raised all my children,” said resident Felix Lozada. “My wife died in this house, my father died in this house.”

The area sits near the Trinity River, and is part of what the city hopes to redevelop under the Trinity River Corridor Project. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge – a cornerstone of the area’s development finished in June – cuts over the skyline just behind a home near the border of the neighborhood.

The majority of La Bajada residents tell similar stories: Their relationships with their neighbors often date back to the early 1940s. The majority of homes are paid off. Few families leave the neighborhood.

And why would they? With the redevelopment project so close, many residents are sitting on a plot of cash, and they’re close to friends and family.

“I have really been seeing people coming around wanting to buy up property,” Lozada said.

However, homeowners say much of the interest comes from developers hoping to build condos and upscale high rises. These are properties that would drive up property values and potentially force residents from their homes.

“We have been comfortable, we love it here,” Lozada said.

Taking measurements of the community is a prerequisite for NSO Status, which can be an ugly word to future developers because it limits development to single family dwellings.

So, on Saturday, homeowners took measurements for hours, hopeful that development and change in West Dallas won’t mean a change in address.

“If the NSO goes through, they are not going to price us out of our homes,” Lozada said.

Area developers said that it was too soon to estimate if the area would get the NSO Status.


One Comment



  2. Glen Mcbeth says:

    This will kill property values. Are these merely residents or landowners?

  3. Cwigfall says:

    Prime land is when you can see downtown from your porch but many areas are within 5 minutes of downtown by car and yet the lots are very cheap; owners find themselves in a Catch 22 because they are poor people and need lower taxes but then the city or some other entitty gets the land for a song and the land immediately becomes more valuable. Exanple beiing lots around Fair Park are about $6,000, while a lot of the same size in Lake Highlands is about $80,000. Red lined and de-valued!!!

  4. SDFin says:

    Nothing in Texas should have a racist name like “La Bajada”

    1. Mike says:

      Evedently you don’t know about Texas History, you should read about it, the you should go to the DFW National Cemetry, and take off all the racist names off the headstones. Each stone is the price of being able to have a racist name like the “La Bajada” …. answer me what did you pay for your remark..

      1. Mrs. G says:

        both remarks have nothing to do with the issue in hand! SDFin and Mike who did not spell a word correctful.

  5. AGarcia says:

    I believe the govt lets areas go down hill just so they can buy them up cheaply. Problem is, crime, drugs & graffiti that these areas have created just move to the next area. How about making all areas nice & get rid of the illegals & the crime & trash they bring?

  6. Hawk11B says:

    Read the article again:
    “The majority of La Bajada residents tell similar stories: Their relationships with their neighbors often date back to the early 1940s. The majority of homes are paid off. Few families leave the neighborhood.”

    1. Glen Mcbeth says:

      That does not necessarily mean they are the owners. Depends on the bias and thoroughness of the reporting. I highly doubt if the reporter knocked on many doors.

  7. I Wish I Were As Kool says:

    1. Kids don’t stay here. They leave as soon as they can. There is nothing here to attract or keep anyone who can afford to live anywhere else. An NSO will only perpetuate the barrio and is reverse racism.

    2. Investigate who has been knocking on doors and trying to intimidate homeowners into selling. There are surprises here that point to well-known names. It’s not the government. It’s former elected officials and former city employees who are now in the business of making money off of buying land low and selling it high.

  8. lmaondallas says:

    NSO will just supress property values.

    1. smarkham says:

      Suppressing property values seems to be the goal of those who live there.

  9. Kat says:

    Mrs G, it’s CORRECTLY not CORRECTFUL. Use actual words before you go and carp about someone’s spelling.

  10. Glen Mcbeth says:

    You guys crack me up.

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