My little world is changing. When we first moved to Dallas 8 years ago, our choice to live in Oakcliff was considered somewhat unusual. I remember an email I sent to a business associate with the subject line “Tortured in Oak Cliff” only to get an immediate and somewhat panicked response. This was as near to the frontier as one could get. A small enclave wrapped in history, culture and latino community, Oak Cliff to me has always been democratic and accessible. I love that our mature neighborhood houses people just starting their lives together and those downsizing. Here, people do their own yards and kids run around just as they did 50 years ago. A mere 3 miles from the center of downtown, Oak Cliff has been a little gem for all the time I have been here. And I am watching it evolve and change as more and more people discover its’ charms. This fact became glaringly clear on a recent Saturday night as I strolled the streets snapping photos and watching the scene enfold – a familiar activity for me. Unlike past experiences, I witnessed cars pouring in at the intersection of Davis and Bishop Arts and before I knew it I was standing in front of a Ferrari parked outside of the delightful Hatties. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected to see this. I am thrilled with the successes of Bolsa, Hatties, Lucia, Boulevardier, Enos and my favorite breakfast place Oddfellows. I love that I can now buy Kombucha on tap, or organic macaroons. That Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters doesn’t offer takeaway cups and that it is the cutest coffee place on the planet. I am proud of my little burg and while not a personal fan of a Ferrari I take it as a testament to how far we have come. The next few days are more photos of my little Dallas town – small town… big heart.