PHOTO COURTESY OF The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League

They like alliteration. And “bling” is actually a real word now.

A real estate story on msn.com points to Oak Cliff as one of 10 neighborhoods in the U.S. that had a bad reputation in the ’70s or ’80s and is now hip.

The benchmark neighborhood msn uses is Manhattan’s Soho, “which transformed from a warehouse district in the 1970s to the upscale gallery and residential community it is today”.

Here’s what msn said about our neighborhood:

Turn-of-the-century homes. Tree-lined streets. A short bike ride from downtown Dallas. These help comprise the appeal of North Oak Cliff, a neighborhood left behind in the post-World War II rush for the suburbs. Today, the neighborhood is attracting many young, urban professionals.

North Oak Cliff has been successfully shedding its reputation as run-down and dangerous for one of being hip, cool and not opposed to redevelopment that includes shops, restaurants and bars.

Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention, they called it “North Oak Cliff”, which technically is inaccurate, in my opinion. Our neighborhood is Oak Cliff. But adding the designation “north” with a capital “N” to the name is becoming more and more common, especially among politicians and real estate professionals.