Live Oak Street in 1954 It was 1954 when the city first flipped the switch on a new set of streetlights for Live Oak, part of a citywide effort from 1949-68 to light up the dark corners of Dallas for added safety. The photo above, from the Dallas City Archives, taken at the corner of Haskell, shows the bright new mercury-vapor streetlights on 28-foot poles. Below, you can see the block hasn’t changed too much today, although in 2008 the city launched efforts to replace all of the antiquated mercury lights.

Live Oak Street in 2016