You have to ask yourself if it is safe to wander the streets of Cedar Springs and Oaklawn these days due to all of the recent robberies, vandalism, and hate crimes we have seen springing up out of nowhere. Just last night the front door windows of Woody’s, JR’s, & TMC were all smashed in last and is really an eye-opener. Two of these incidents happened on a Thursday night since the guy who got his eye slit from the side was on the night just the week before. One of them was after the Pride parade where the victim was beaten with a bat.
Things you can do to be safe in Oaklawn area:
1. Walk in Groups. Try not to walk alone and if you happen to meet someone at the bars or outside the club make sure you can trust the person you are walking with. Trust your instincts.
2. Drink Less. Make sure you are alert and coherent enough to get home without someone taking advantage of you.
3. Take an Uber, Taxi, or Lyft. This is the SAFEST way possible to get home. You can get Free Rides here if you have not used one of these before.
4. Carry Mace possibly? Not sure if this is good for those going into nightclubs as it can be used in a wrong way but not bad to have stowed away in your coat or pockets.
Dallas Pride had a record breaking crowd this year with 30,000 or so people in the crowd but it did not go without its problems. According to NBC 5 a 29-year-old man was walking near the intersection of Wycliff Avenue and Sylvester Street Sunday night after the Alan Ross Freedom Parade when he was approached by four men. The men struck the victim with their hands, feet and a bat, according to police. During the attack, the men used several derogatory statements referencing the victim’s perceived sexual orientation. During the prolonged assault, the men also stole property from his pockets, then left the scene, police said.
The person attacked, Blake, is not employed at the moment and had moved to Dallas to seek new horizons according to a Go Fund Me page. The victim suffered a fractured skull and numerous cuts, abrasions and bruises. Such a sad story and we sure hope he recovers soon!
The Dallas Police Department’s robbery unit is canvassing the area for witnesses and video evidence of the aggravated robbery suspects. If you have any information about the crime or the suspects, contact Dallas Police Detective Arredondo at 214-671-3638.
We were a bit shocked when at this year’s Dallas Pride Parade Club Kaliente came out with an “Honoring Native Americans” float. It was a stereotyped Party City showcase not representing any tribe. Because Kaliente is a Latin bar we expected more from them. The club displayed rainbow teepees, neon chief headdresses, and scantily clad women who could never represent the rich, strong heritage. While some thought it was offensive some brushed it off as a fun float that compared with the Village People based on Facebook comments.
We have to admit that Kaliente normally has the best floats in the parade that draw more excitement than other local bars. Their creativity surpasses other floats. This year they may have missed the “float” by not doing their research. We hope to see them make it up next year with a float that displays a more proper representation of Native Americans.