There is a Lifestyle in Dallas not many people understand, but do they know where most of the Lifestyle in Dallas comes from?
There are a number of different Lifestyles in Dallas. Depending on what part of Dallas you live in there is a Lifestyle for that area that is different than where someone else in a different part of Dallas lives.
I’m sure I’ll get into all of the burrows of Dallas over time, but for now here are the major sections of Dallas.
There is a totally different lifestyle developing in Downtown Dallas today. As little as 25 years ago there was nobody living downtown. It was not the place to be. Most of the people who lived downtown lived in the few high rise apartment built there in the 60’s.
Now, with more and more high rise apartments and condos being built there is now a New Lifestyle being develop for those who like the truly urban want of living.
I’m sure there are some long timers who have lived downtown for awhile, however, downtown is not were very many native Dallasites reside.
Uptown is just North of Downtown and, depending on who you talk to, goes all the way to the Richardson, Farmers Branch and Carrolton Suburbs to the North. However, the true boundary for Uptown recognized by native stops around Northwest Highway to the North, Greenville Avenue to the East, Harry Hines/Tollway to the West and Woodall Rogers to the South. Of course there are little communities within Uptown that today would make the boundaries of Uptown far smaller.
Just like Uptown, the boundaries of Southside are open to interpretation. Historically, anything from Interstate 30 south of Downtown to the Oak Cliff city limits to the far south, to Interstate 45 to the East, to Interstate 35E to the West was considered the Southside. Again, with recent redevelopment in the area the area where the old Sears distribution rail center located south of Downtown is the epicenter of Southside.
More commonalty called West Dallas is famously know as where Bonnie and Clyde use to hangout. Actually, the crime duo ran between West Dallas and Pleasant Grove on the east side of Dallas, but that is for another story. Just like all of the other commonly known references to different areas of Dallas, West Dallas has a broad boundary that can go as far west as the Dallas County Line to the west to Highway 183 to the North and Interstate 30 on the South. At least that was the boundary of West Dallas when it was introduced to me in the early 1960’s when Six Flags opened out in Arlington.
The east side of Dallas encompassing a very large area of smaller communities that are part of the historical side of Dallas. East Dallas was the bedroom community of Dallas before Dallas started moving North in the early 1950’s. The boundaries for East Dallas start from Interstate 45, Central Expressway, on the Eastside of Downtown, all the way out to Garland Road to the East, Forest Lane to the North and Interstate 30, or R.L. Thornton, to the south. As I mentioned, this large area of Dallas has a load of history that does not get much attention in today’s media.
These are the more urban lifestyles of Dallas. Outside the inter-circle is Far North Dallas, Oak Cliff, Little Mexico, Fair Park, Forest Park and many, many more areas that less than 40 years ago were considered suburbs of Dallas. Today, you could drive through these areas and not even know you were no longer in the jungle of Downtown.
I know from many years of experience that if I did not mention the “True Suburbs of Dallas” I’ll get my ears pinned back from my family members who are experiencing the suburban lifestyle. The list starts for me with Garland, where I spent my childhood and early adult life..and where most of my immediate family live today. The other suburbs of Dallas are:
- Farmers Branch
- Addison, Carrolton
- Irving/Las Colinas
- Oak Cliff
- Balch Springs
- Pleasant Grove
- Lake Highlands
All of the above are the first ring of suburbs around Dallas. There is another ring outside those that are today considered suburbs of Dallas, but actually are outside the Dallas County Line. I’ll be talking about the lifestyles of the outer ring of suburbs since they play a huge part of what Dallas, Texas is all about today.
I hope you enjoy what your read and learn in this section of my view of my Hometown.
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