If Oak Lawn is to become the upper middle class inner city neighborhood that its promoters would like to see, several hundred of the city’s poor will have to give up their homes.
There is subtle pressure within the real estate community to get city hall to demolish Cedar Springs Place, a Depression-era public housing project that is depressing real estate values in the city’s hottest condominium and townhouse market.
“Oak Lawn is going to develop,” said one real estate developer. “It’s going to become a high-density Highland Park for professional people, and anything that’s going to prevent that is going to be removed.
Among the victims of the market’s demands, apparently, will be the poor -dominated by Mexican-Americans and blacks-who inhabit the dilapidated and un-air-conditioned units.
The Dallas Housing Authority, which runs the project on Lucas, between Cedar Springs and Maple, says such talk is nonsense. But experience in Dallas has taught before that when the developers talk, city hall listens.