Around the Area
The Cedars neighborhood of Dallas is a rapidly transforming area, located near downtown. It has a rich history, starting in the 1870s when the area was developed for residential use due to its proximity to the city center and the railroad network. The neighborhood was named for the abundance of red cedar trees in the area, and it was home to many wealthy professionals and the city's original Jewish population. However, in the early 20th century, the area's elegance declined as factories and warehouses were built in the neighborhood, replacing much of the tree canopy and the Victorian homes. In the 1960s, the construction of the I-30 corridor further damaged the remaining historic homes. Today, many of the old warehouses and factories have been repurposed and turned into lofts, and new residential construction has been interwoven with the historic fabric of the neighborhood, creating a diverse and eclectic urban identity. The Cedars is now experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to its affordable land values, proximity to downtown, and the establishment of popular bars, restaurants, and music venues. The railroad remains an important part of the neighborhood's identity, and the proposed high-speed rail terminal in the area will likely lead to further growth and prosperity. The South Side neighborhood of the Cedars has also seen significant development in recent years, anchored by the South Side on Lamar development and the Dallas Police Department Headquarters. The neighborhood is well-connected to the rest of the city through several multimodal transportation options.
Close by The Cedars is Deep Ellum. It is a vibrant neighborhood known for its live music scene and diverse range of performing arts, including theater and comedy. There are many opportunities to enjoy local music, performances, art exhibits, and more every night of the week.
Come dive into the newest addition to the Dallas bar scene – Lee Harvey's Dive In. Located directly across the street from its popular sibling, the beloved dive bar in the Cedars neighborhood south of downtown, Lee Harvey's Dive In is the ultimate summer destination. This brand new swim club, located on an unoccupied corner lot at 1315 Beaumont St. that has been empty for nearly 20 years, features a pool, cabanas, and an outdoor oasis. Get ready to lounge and soak up the sun in this new, exciting spot.
The Dallas Farmers Market is a destination for those seeking a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, located in the heart of downtown. Discover the freshest produce, free-range meats, fresh eggs, artisan pantry staples and handmade arts and crafts all year round. With a focus on locally sourced products, all the goods sold at the market are grown and raised within Texas or 400 miles of Dallas, ensuring that the selection is always fresh, seasonal, and supports local agriculture. The Market + The Shops at Harvest and Taylor Lofts are home to local small businesses, offering a variety of shopping and dining options.
Four Corners Brewing
A craft brewery located in a converted carriage house offering guided tours and a taproom with regular events.
Introducing SoGood, a cutting-edge urban community located just south of Interstate 30 in Dallas. Nestled next to the Famers Market, Deep Ellum, the Cedars, and Fair Park, this master-planned development boasts an innovation center, numerous residential units, dining options, and commercial spaces. This development aims to become a major innovation district in Dallas' southern sector, bringing jobs and opportunities to an area that has been overlooked for decades. Experience the culture of creativity and innovation that SoGood brings, with an array of green spaces, unique new eateries, and a vibrant urban atmosphere. Hoque Global's goal through SoGood is to demonstrate the potential of investing in the south through a world-class urban development.
The Newpark Dallas District, a proposed $3.5 billion, 20-acre master-planned multi-phase development, has reached a new milestone. The development, which aims to attract technology firms to Dallas, has been approved as a subdistrict of the Downtown Connection Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which will provide public subsidies to move the project forward. This approval allows for the construction of the first phase of the project, known as One Newpark, a 38-story tower, to begin.
The Newpark Dallas District is located in the downtown area of Dallas, on a series of currently empty parking lots behind City Hall. The new district is designed to help further develop downtown Dallas, making it a more vibrant and desirable neighborhood, with the goal to attract more investment, particularly in the technology sector, and the project is one of the catalyst that the City of Dallas TIF hopes will set the stage for further development in the area.
Parks for Downtown Dallas is partnering with the Dallas Park & Recreation Department to build Harwood Park, the fourth and final Priority Park. Construction of the nearly 4-acre park, which will include features such as a kids playscape, interactive splash pad, sport court, dog park, and entrance arbor, began in late 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2023. The park will be located in a historic district and will transform a collection of surface parking lots and vacant buildings into a vibrant green space for the community to enjoy. The project also includes closing one block of Wood Street to create a continuous park and replacing it with a promenade and bioswale running through the center of the park from Harwood Street to Pearl Street.
Pacific Plaza, a 3.74-acre neighborhood park located in the heart of Downtown, officially opened to the public in October 2019 after breaking ground in April 2018. The park, which was once a surface parking lot, serves as the centerpiece of the Harwood Street Pedestrian Corridor and connects Klyde Warren Park, Main Street Garden, and the Farmers Market.
Designed by SWA's Dallas office and featuring a pavilion designed by HKS, the park offers a variety of amenities for visitors to enjoy such as a lawn space, large swings, and an area called Aston Grove, which was formerly James W. Aston Park and incorporated into the Pacific Plaza design plans. To enhance the park's continuity, one block of Live Oak Street was closed to create a larger, contiguous park and showcase the mature grove of trees along Pacific Avenue.
West End Square
West End Square, the only neighborhood park in the West End Historic District, opened to the public on March 26, 2021, after breaking ground in January 2020. The site, which was previously a surface parking lot, was transformed by James Corner Field Operations, who served as the landscape architect and design lead.
The park features a steel shade structure, referred to as the "Frame," which wraps three sides of the park and serves as a diversely programmed threshold between the Historic District's sidewalks and the Square's garden interior. The Frame contains several major design elements such as:
-The Porch: which offers porch swings hung from the Frame's edge along North Record Street and creates a relaxing environment for all ages. -Outdoor Workroom: located beneath the shade canopy created by the Frame, this space houses a 50-foot-long table fitted with charging stations and Wi-Fi. -Innovation Arcade: located along the park's Market Street edge and designed to host temporary installations, performances, and artwork.