Are teardowns affecting our neighborhood’s property values? Yes, as it turns out — the McMansion trend is doing homeowners both good and harm, depending on how you look at it.

Graduation time is here, and two neighborhood students are ready for the next step. You read about Sunset High School senior Eidi Lule and Jesus Villegas in May’s Oak Cliff Advocate; now hear their stories in Lule’s and Villegas’ own words. (And did you know that their school is considered the best high school in DISD?)

Our annual salute to neighborhood Women in Business
can be found in this month’s magazine; if you can’t wait, check out the special advertising section by clicking here to view it on our website.

May’s magazine didn’t have enough room for all of the interesting photos chronicling the fire and resulting demolition of St. Cecilia’s Church. Check out more photos from neighborhood resident Barry Kooda in this slideshow.

Dallas ISD magnet/TAGs and learning center schools are keeping their more-money-per-pupil funding — for now, at least. According to the state agency that governs education, the district’s magnet schools are exempt from federal Title 1 funding guidelines. Read more about what’s going on at our daily Back Talk blog.


The Dallas Plan Commission has given the Bishop/Davis land use study a green light for the public hearing process, just not in the way the neighbors on the study committee expected. FInd out what steps city staff will take next, and keep watching the Back Talk Oak Cliff blog for updates.