Uptown – Dallas, Texas

Uptown is a PID (public improvement district) and a dense neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. Uptown is north of and adjacent to downtown Dallas, and is bordered by US 75 (Central Expressway) on the east, N Haskell Avenue on the northeast, the Katy Trail on the northwest, Bookhout Street and Cedar Springs Road on the west, N Akard Street on the southwest and Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) on the south.[3]

Uptown is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in all of Texas. It is largely “new urbanist” in scope; the majority of facilities considered “Uptown institutions” are relatively new and were created during the late 20th and early 21st Centuries’ new urbanist urban planning movement. Popular with young professionals, mixed-use development is the norm and an increasingly pedestrian culture continues to thrive.

The Uptown area was originally outside the city limits of Dallas and was home to those not welcome in the city. The west side, near present-day Harry Hines Boulevard, once hosted a large Hispanic neighborhood known as Little Mexico. The east side, now anchored by Cityplace Center, was the site of the Freedmen’s Town established by freed African-American slaves.

Very little of this working-class history remains, with the Hispanic west being turned into high-rise buildings, and the African-American east being destroyed by the construction of Central Expressway and Woodall Rodgers Freeway. All that remains of Freedmen’s Town is the Freedmen’s Cemetery, which gained national recognition when Central Expressway reconstruction revealed over 1,100 graves beneath existing and proposed roadways.

Until the late 1990s, this area was simply called the eastern part of Oak Lawn but was re-branded as “Uptown” in the early 2000s to attract real estate investment.

Uptown is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in the city of Dallas. It is largely “new urbanist” in scope; the majority of facilities considered “Uptown institutions” are relatively new and were created during the late 20th and early 21st Centuries’ new urbanist urban planning movement.

The district is one of the most dense in Dallas and is home to a diverse set of establishments including office buildings, residential towers, apartment complexes, retail centers, nightlife strips, and hotels. This mixed-use development practice leads to an urban lifestyle for its residents, unlike the compartmentalized social structures of suburban bedroom communities and office parks which make up the majority of Dallas and its suburbs.

68.9% of Uptown residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, and the median household income is $79,699.

Uptown is known for its eclectic bar and restaurant scene, including lively sports bars, posh global bistros, and hip cocktail lounges. The action centers on McKinney Avenue, where a free vintage trolley trundles past boutiques selling high-end fashion and chic western wear. Attracting joggers and cyclists, the Katy Trail skirts Turtle Creek, passing parks, beer gardens, and the cool Museum of Geometric and MADI Art.

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