Map: The neighborhoods of Oak Cliff

Friend of the Advocate Lisa Keith shared this map on Facebook, along with a succinct rant about elitism in 75208. There is more to Oak Cliff than the ’08, is her point. This is the map, which I’d never seen before, of the 31 neighborhoods included in the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League.

Keith, who lives in Oak Park Estates (No. 21 on the map), says she feels a sense of neighborhood discrimination from certain Winnetka Heighters and Kings Highway-ites, who don’t consider her neighborhood part of Oak Cliff. That she’s so offended by it shows how much she feels Oak Cliff is part of her identity. She’s got Oak Cliff in her heart.

We noticed there are two neighborhoods on this map, Glenn Oaks and Oakland Terrace, that are not part of the Advocate’s coverage area. Our boundary is Ledbetter, although there are exceptions.

There is one neighborhood here, Ruthmeade Place, that I’ve never actually heard of before. We also didn’t know that the neighborhood south of 12th Street is called South Winnetka Heights.

I live in 75208, and I take Keith’s complaint to heart. Sometimes I worry we write too much about Bishop Arts and Winnetka Heights and not enough about Kiest Park and Wynnewood. The map helps, though.


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  • KeepOurFreedoms

    Does this mean that the areas in between those marked (1-31) are not part of Oak Cliff?

  • 55art

    Don’t forget Kiest Forest Estates…

  • Crystalmgonzalez

    Not sure why Winnetka Heights was pointed out. As a resident, we embrace all of Oak Cliff and participate in all events that we can. If a neighborhood wants recognition its pretty simple…get involved in helping make OC a better place. There are plenty of opportunities to do so.

    -Winnetka Heights Resident

  • OC

    Yes, Beverly Hills and Kessler Neighbors United are neighborhood associations and have been organized and active for many years.  They need you to volunteer and become aware of and supportive of wherever you live.

  • Volunteer

    That’s up to you to answer.  

  • Oak Cliff resident

    I’ve seen this map before.  It shows the member neighborhoods of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League.  It has been distributed for many years in print and online and is updated as new neighborhoods join the League.      

    I’ve noticed the League’s website and brochures have for many years included articles that give history and updates about each member neighborhood as described by the neighborhood.    

    It appears the map does not show a neighborhood’s current activity.  Neighborhoods are as active as its volunteer residents want it to be and the League supports their organization or re-organization.  

    I’ve read that volunteer residents determine their neighborhood’s activity and the member neighborhoods determine the League’s activity.  The League is composed of volunteers and does not have a paid director and staff.

  • Ednapemberton

    When I think of Oak Cliff, I see ALL Oak Cliff. Redbird, Dallas Airport, Southwest Center Mall etc.

    Edna Pemberton

  • Joel Laxson

    Don’t forget about Wynnewood Hills either! We are directly behing the Golf Club of Dallas.

  • I like that idea. Thanks!

  • It might be nice if there was a featured neighborhood each month.  Tell a little of the history about how it came to be, are there any prominent residents past and present, and perhaps a listing of cool local business or restaurants.  Thus helping generate a little pride for each neighborhood and hopefully get us to travel within the OC to visit other neighborhoods.

  • Agathasattic43

    thanks!

  • Agathasattic43

    Just south of Beckley Club. The area is improving. 

  • Anonymous

    Way to go Lisa! As a resident of Elmwood for over 14 yrs. and an active member of the ENA I too struggle at times with those same thoughts. One of the things I love most about OC is the diversity. The coming together of neighbors and neighborhoods supporting one another, regardless of zip code. For the Love of OC!

  • Good point! Thanks.

  • Phil Leven

     We publish this map to show the neighborhoods that are members of the OOCCL.  We are well aware that there are lots of fine neighborhoods that don’t have a formal Neighborhood Association, or who just have not joined the League. 
    One thing we’ve learned in over 35 years is that there’s always more to Oak Cliff than you think.

  • Interesting. Where is it?

  • Agathasattic43

    Trinity Heights is in disarray but is still an old Oak Cliff Neighborhood. 

  • Georgeglynnwilcox

    So I guess since my neighborhood does not have a name, we don’t exist?

  • Ann

    There are so many wonderful neighborhoods in Oak Cliff and when I have friends interesting in moving to the OC, I refer them to this map.

  • Rachel Stone

    That’s a very thoughtful comment. Thanks!

  •  Thanks for posting this! In regards to the complaint, I agree with her to a point.  The Advocate and Oak Cliff People do a hell of a job of covering the areas they do with the great staff they have, but these news outlets can’t cover it all.  The Bishop Arts surely gets a lot of attention because it’s getting attention city, state and even nation wide.  The most active neighborhoods tend to get the most coverage, and sometimes that’s not always fair.  Other areas that are seeing attention also have active, grass roots neighbors working hard on their behalf.    Kings Highway, the neighborhood I live in and I’m president of, actively uses online and print media to tell our story and express what we’re doing every day.  We write stories and send them to a subscription list of over 300 people on a weekly basis, thus providing a lot of content for these news outlets to cover if they choose.  I’m very proud to have such  dedicated and active neighbors who volunteer on our board and committees to do this work on their own time and dime. 
    So, the point I’m making is that if you’d like to see more coverage of your neighborhood, I hope you’re involved and writing about it yourself.  Trust me when I say, our very valuable news media outlets will be grateful and it’ll open up the rest of Oak Cliff to your wonderful neighborhood!

  • Antoinetty

    Those areas high lighted are only those recognized by OOCCL.   The rest of the areas on the map surrounding Pecan Grove Park, Kiest Park, Beckley Saner are all still Oak Cliff!  We cover a lot of ground!   

  • JShan

    There is a Beverly Hills in OC?  Never knew.  Also when did Keller Neighbors United become a neighborhood?  Never heard of that either, and I live there.

  • Anonymous

    I say “Elmwood” and people say “Where?”.
    Happens all the time.