In the Tenth Street Historic District, neighbors have to fight the City of Dallas to save 100-year-old homes from demolition.

The neighborhood just east of Interstate 35 is the oldest intact freedmen’s town in the nation, and it’s a designated historic district. But Dallas allows old houses to be demolished by court order if they comprise less than 3,000 square feet, which would include virtually every house in that neighborhood.

Preservation Dallas recently put the neighborhood on its list of endangered places, and it made the Advocate’s list of at-risk architecture last year.

Learn more about the Tenth Street Historic District and the urgent preservation attention it needs at Heritage Oak Cliff’s Oak Cliff Live event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Turner House.

Landmark Commission member Robert Swann, who owns a home in Tenth Street, will offer a history of the neighborhood and explain its current challenges. The program is free, and donations are accepted.