The Uptown area of Dallas is a public improvement district and upscale neighborhood located north of downtown Dallas. Considered one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in the entire state of Texas, Uptown is a great neighborhood to visit in the Dallas area. Uptown is considered to be a "new urbanist" neighborhood and is especially popular with young professionals.
Although now-upscale, Uptown was initially a settlement outside Dallas city proper for those considered "not welcome" in the city. The west side of Uptown was once home to a largely Hispanic neighborhood that locals called Little Mexico. The east side of Uptown became the Freedmen's Town established by African-American slaves that had been recently freed from slavery. However, the urbanization of Dallas caused the Hispanic west side to turn into skyscrapers and the African-American east side to be replaced with the Central Expressway and Woodall Rodgers Freeway. As a result of this, rarely any of Uptown's working-class history remains and Uptown has transformed into the metropolitan area it is today.
Uptown Dallas is one of the city's "most dense" neighborhoods, filled with a diverse set of office buildings, residential towers, apartment complexes, retail centers, nightlife strips, and hotels. Unlike neighboring suburban communities in Dallas, Uptown's mixed-use development practice allows its residents to live a more urban lifestyle.
To appeal to educated millennial workers that tend to prefer the urban environment the area offers, corporations continue to move to Uptown Dallas. Many large corporation headquarters are located in Uptown, such as Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, and two Fortune 500 companies: Dean Foods and Holly Frontier.
Navigate through Uptown using the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority and take the M-Line. The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, which locals call the "MATA," offers free transportation around Dallas to the public. The MATA is especially useful for commuting between Uptown and downtown Dallas!
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