Dallas Land and Loan/Bishop Arts District
In 1990, the Bishop Arts District was carved out of Dallas Land and Loan and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The old commercial block is now home to artisans and locally owned and operated businesses, restaurants and shops. In 1992, the City of Dallas created Conservation District 7, protecting the architectural integrity of both the commercial and residential structures in this sub-area. In 2001, Dallas amended this ordinance to decrease the parking requirements and expanded the area across Davis into the Kidd Springs neighborhood.
The historic designation, the business friendly parking requirements and Councilmember and future Mayor Laura Miller’s efforts to improve the infrastructure with landscaping and period lighting, catapulted the area to success. Many who had never set foot in Oak Cliff before were drawn to the history and authenticity the area provided that much of the rest of the city had lost.
|Bishop Arts District History
From the early 1900’s until 1951, the No. 4 Streetcar stopped at the corner of Bishop Avenue and West Seventh Street before heading west toward Edgefield Avenue. One of the most thriving trolley car stops in Dallas in its day, this commercial district grew up around this stop and the buildings still remain.
In 1990, the District, with its 12 acres and 20 buildings, was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. The area is becoming one of the most vibrant accessible areas in the city and is reacquaiting many Dallasites with Old Oak Cliff.
Bishop Arts Website: http://www.bishopartsdistrict.com/
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