While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many. ~Lady Bird Johnson
Every city has a story and The City Influencer continues on our daily mission of sharing these diverse experiences with you.
Where We Live takes a deeper look into the different places our community calls home. Whether it’s a North Dallas suburb or the bustling streets in Downtown Dallas, TCI invites you on a very special visual journey into the communities we call home.
Founded in 1886, West Dallas originated as a community on the outskirts of Dallas. Located just west of the Trinity River and minutes from downtown Dallas, the neighborhood uniquely symbolizes the energy, heart and diversity of the city as it serves as home to a predominately Mexican-American and African-American community.
One of the city’s up-and-coming areas for urban revitalization, West Dallas is seeing new neighborhoods emerge. They include:
- Trinity Groves, on Singleton Boulevard
- Sylvan/Thirty, on Fort Worth Avenue
- Alta West Commerce
- Alta Yorktown
- Cliff View (West of Sylvan and north of Fort Worth Avenue)
These developments are bringing top-tier chefs, yoga studios, fresh-food markets, hip retail and apartments and condos with views of the downtown Dallas skyline, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Margaret McDermott Bridge.
Other newer residents of West Dallas include the Belmont Hotel; the restaurant/bar complex Chicken Scratch/The Foundry; The Workroom, the SPCA of Texas, Dead White Zombies theater company, Salon Las Americas event center and MetroPaws Animal Hospital, among many others.
Photography: Elroy Johnson IV
Bounded by downtown Dallas to the east, the Trinity River to the north, Loop 12 to the west and I-30 to the south–is considered one of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the U.S. (Learn more HERE) However, the future for West Dallas is looking bright. Awareness of, resources to, and support for West Dallas are becoming more and more prevalent, along with a myriad of concerned citizens, companies and nonprofits working hard to help break the cycles of generational poverty and give hope to the neighborhoods of West Dallas.
What makes this region so special? It truly feels like the intersection where old and new Dallas brilliantly collide. To get a sense of the Big D’s past, present and future, we invite you to head west…
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Elroy Johnson “EJ” is a teacher and photojournalist based in Dallas, TX. His name is most known for his viral work surrounding the Pool Party Incident in McKinney, TX during the summer of 2015. Elroy is passionate about telling stories and documenting history in the making. Elroy’s work centers around a lot of social justice, cultural events, and street photography. His ultimate passion is to continue documenting stories of humanity.