Downtown Dallas’ Neighborhoods
The downtown freeway loop serves as the boundaries of the Dallas Downtown area and is bounded by the I-35 on the west. Several smaller neighborhoods and districts make up the area known as downtown with eight located within the freeway loop and nine outside.
Districts within the loop include: Arts District; City Center District; Convention Center District; Farmers Market District; Government District; Main Street District; Reunion District; and West End Historic District.
Neighborhoods located outside the freeway loop include Trinity/Design District; Victory Park; Uptown; State Thomas; Bryan Place; Baylor/Meadows; Deep Ellum; Fair Park; and Cedars.
Local Schools & Colleges
Students are under the jurisdiction of the Dallas Independent School District, which includes three middle schools in downtown, and four elementary schools and two high schools outside of the downtown loop. A few private and parochial schools are also located in the area for parents who would like to have their children learn in a faith-oriented setting.
After graduating from high school, students can then continue their higher learning studies at El Centro College in downtown. The college is part of the Dallas County Community College District. Other colleges and universities within Dallas’ city limits include the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Texas Woman’s University (TWU), Paul Quinn College, University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Criswell College, among others.
Economy & Business Climate
Downtown Dallas is home to several big-name companies and corporations that serve as a great source of wealth for Dallas County. These companies include AT&T, Comerica, Ensco International, Tenet Healthcare, Belo and A.H. Belo, 7-Eleven, Energy Future Holdings Corporation, and The Dallas Morning News, among many others. The top five corporations in Dallas proper according to Fortune include AT&T, Dean Foods, Texas Instruments, Southwest Airlines and Energy Future Holdings Corporation.
The Greater Dallas area is considered the third most popular place for business travel considering the city features the Dallas Convention Center, one of the largest convention centers in the country.
Events & Areas of Cultural Interest
The Dallas area holds plenty of community events throughout the year, with some of the more notable ones being the State Fair of Texas, the Red River Shootout between UT-OU at the Cotton Bowl, Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, the Greek Food Festival of Dallas, and even the Halloween Parade on Cedar Springs Road in Oak Lawn).
When it comes to theater, art, music, dining and more, Dallas has a large collection of cultural and entertainment facilities appreciated by both local and visiting enthusiasts. Sixty acres of downtown Dallas were developed into the largest arts district in the nation. Museums, theaters, and concert venues entertain thousands each day. Some notable art venues and cultural centers of interest include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Majestic Theatre, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Winspear Opera House and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The eclectic neighborhood of Deep Ellum lies just outside of the arts district and hosts local musicians and artists of all styles. Deep Ellum was originally a prime hotspot for jazz and blues musicians during the 1920s and 1930s. Cafes, boutiques, galleries and music venues line the streets.
Fine dining can be found throughout Dallas with such restaurants including Wolfgang Puck 560 (located 560 feet above the Reunion Tower), The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel, and the world famous W Hotel Dallas and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, two favorite watering holes for visiting celebrities.
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