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DART Lending Hand In Revilatizing Oak Cliff

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – What was old is new again.  The street car is coming back to Oak Cliff.  And it’s coming back to a revived section of southern Dallas.

New apartments and townhomes. Popular restaurants and pubs.

People packing the sidewalks, window shopping, and soaking up the sunshine.

All quintessentially Dallas.  But southern Dallas?

For florist shop owner Mary Jane Conde business and life in the southern sectors North Oak Cliff is in full bloom, again.  “Its fantastic really. Everyday I see buildings being painted a different color. Its exciting.”

North Oak Cliff’s revival hovers around Bishop and Davis, and the Bishop Arts District, complete with trendy boutiques, hipster barbecue, even florists who started here 40 years ago.

And the straight line connection to the area from downtown is the Houston Street viaduct. Streetcars are coming back to this part of Oak Cliff by way of the bridge.

The development of the transit line offers more people to see what’s already happening here, according to Oak Cliff Chamber President Bob Stimson.  “It’s connecting that part of Oak Cliff that has witnessed a renaissance in the last decade or two. The area has been renovated, updated. It now one of the hottest places in the metroplex for restaurants.”

Six-thousand cars cross the viaduct everyday.  The streetcar line is a year and a half away from completion.

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