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Built mostly in the late 20th and early 21st century “new urbanist” style, the Uptown district of Dallas combines a mix of restaurants, shops, offices, and private apartments with a pedestrian-friendly culture that lends itself to life without a vehicle. The area is particularly popular with young professionals, but anyone who appreciates a vibrant, active community and the convenience of walking to the grocer or dry cleaners will see the charm of living in this distinctly urban center. Regardless of your lifestyle or tastes, you will find your interests within reach.
Residents interested in the arts, whether fine, modern, or local, will appreciate access to the Arts District that Uptown provides. Within walking distance, you can visit the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, and the MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary), an art space used for visual and performance art. Additionally, numerous art galleries dot the area, making unique acquisitions an easy find. If your taste runs toward the theatrical, the area has various theaters and cinemas showcasing a diverse array of local talent, as well as traveling shows. The Magnolia Theater shows independent films and documentaries, while the Kitchen Dog Theater and Theater Three produce classic, modern, and contemporary plays. The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Dallas Opera, which stages some of most well-known operas of our time.
Whether you are looking for nightlife or brunch on a Sunday morning, there are a variety of restaurants, bars, and wine stores in Uptown to suit every taste. Uptown hosts some of Dallas’ best restaurants, including Fearing’s which serves traditional American fare and local establishments that can deliver on more exotic dishes from the Japanese, Argentinian, French, and Italian culinary tradition. Festivals in the area also celebrate Uptown’s culinary diversity and are held year-round. They include celebrations for Oktoberfest, the Asian Film Festival, Mediterranean food, fashion & beauty, car shows, various author signings, Irish Whiskey tastings, and food truck block parties complete with music from local bands.
If you like spending your leisure time outdoors, then you will enjoy Uptown’s numerous public spaces. Of particular note is the new 5.2 acres Klyde Warren Park, which is built overtop the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. This park connects Uptown with the Arts District and hosts concerts, art events, yoga sessions, dog training, and spaces to play chess, patenque, and Mah Jongg. If you would like to take a long run or bike down a wooded trail, then Uptown connects with several bike trails, including the Katy Trail, a 3.5 mile trail stretching from the West End/Arts District. through Uptown, and up toward Glencoe Park. As one of the greener areas of Dallas, the area contains numerous other green spaces.
In addition to being pedestrian-friendly, the Uptown area is also lined with public transportation, which is consistently expanding and opening up the downtown area to those who live outside it. The M-Line Trolley runs up and down McKinney Avenue connecting Uptown with the downtown area and Arts District. This service is free, open 7 days a week, and can be boarded at the Cityplace/Uptown DART Rail stop. The DART Rail system runs along Central Expressway and outside Dallas proper. The DART line can take you to events such as the State Fair, Chinese Lantern Festival, and the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival.
Uptown Dallas represents all that is modern, accessible, and urban about the new Dallas. In one area, you can experience neighborhood living with easy access to everyday necessities, as well as all that makes Dallas a hub of cultural activity.