Car arson and 4 other vandalism events in recent Oak Cliff history

Photo courtesy of Daniel Quintanilla
Photo courtesy of Daniel Quintanilla

Vandals struck our neighborhood last week, breaking out the back windshields of at least a dozen cars in the Bishop Arts and Kidd Springs neighborhoods.

Here are four more recent vandalism events:

Cure needs a hug, 2013

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That time the city of Dallas paid Oak Cliff art collective Sour Grapes $20,000 to paint a mural on the Jefferson Viaduct, and inse-“Cure” defaced it.

Delia Jasso’s campaign against graffiti, 2009-2013

Remember when our neighborhood had two City Council districts? Delia Jasso served the old District 1 after a winning campaign that promised to clean up graffiti vandalism. Early on, she staged some cleanups with volunteer Boy Scouts and whatnot. More important, she helped start a conversation about public art that inspired the Seventh Street mural project and an infusion of new murals and graffiti-style public art in our neighborhood.

The West Jefferson tornado, 2013

In the summer of 2013 — one of the hottest on record here — a homeless guy lost it and started striking plate-glass windows along both sides of Jefferson east of Llewellyn with a metal pipe, causing thousands of dollars in damage in a few minutes. Days later, it looked like a tornado had struck.

Auto flambé, 2008

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At least 24 cars burned in a February-March 2008 arson spree in our neighborhood, including eight in one February night. More than 20 cars were set afire before the Dallas Police Department made the crimes a priority, and that was only after a Dallas County deputy constable’s marked car was torched. The perpetrators, easily caught, turned out to be four teenagers, ages 14-16, who were prosecuted in juvenile court.

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