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Bishop Arts Growing Pains: Older properties ready to be demolished

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Bishop Arts is again struggling with one of the results of success: growth, in all directions.

Now, the planned demolition of a mostly rented apartment building on 8th Street – which will be replaced by a large residential complex – has revived talks about how to manage growth without losing the neighborhood’s unique culture.

Ken Valencia, owner of the Ellison-Valencia Gallery at Bishop Art Center, said, “If more people move, it’s fresh.” “And we have to look at the big picture.”

Yes, this includes “big picture” gentrification. Planned demolition is controversial for some, but for others it is simply the cost of progress.

“You have to be careful to freeze things on time,” said David Spence. “Frozen things tend to die … and so a city must develop, and if Bishop Arts wants to continue, it must evolve.”

Spence lives in Oak Cliff and owns Good Spaces, a repair and operator of Bishop Arts and surrounding antique buildings. Admittedly, although he loves the old things, he also sees the benefits of new developments.

“People come to this neighborhood. They’re going to fill 225 apartments like that,” Spence said, breaking his fingers to emphasize.

He also doubted that online dissatisfaction was a good barometer of public concern. “I’m not sure I’ve read the level of dissatisfaction in the neighborhood that you can find in some social media posts.”

Critics complained that the demolition of the private property block would mean a loss of affordable housing, but community advocates noted that decisions to allow high-density housing were made in the city more than a decade ago. They said that the time to defend any changes you want to see for a decent home or in society is before these changes take place.

Paul Carden, who works in neighborhood development with volunteer non-profit Heritage Oak Cliff, said, “Say something. Speak. If someone never hears from you, don’t expect the development or community you want.” “Make sure your voice is heard and let’s learn from developments like 8th Street.”

Meanwhile, Spence reminded the public that the most important thing is not the buildings, but the people. “In addition to financial capital, I am willing to make some concessions to acquire such human capital, and I am ready to see several blocks of old buildings disappear.”

Bishop Arts Growing Pains: Older properties ready to be demolished

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