The vision that business owners and neighbors have for the Tyler Street block that includes the Oak Cliff Bicycle Co. and Mighty Fine Arts has outgrown what city regulations will allow. Zoning regulations requiring parking spaces, for example, prevent businesses such as a coffee shop or pub opening on that block.
So as part of the second Oak Cliff Art Crawl April 10-11, the "Better Block" project will show the world what the neighborhood could be. As co-organizer Holly Jefferson puts it, "we’ll be taking a car-centric four lane street with poor zoning and restrictive development ordinances, and convert it into a people-friendly neighborhood block."
There will be temporary, "pop-up" businesses such as a flower shop, newsstand, cafe and kids’ art studio.