Travel three blocks east of Downtown Dallas and you will find Deep Ellum. It is a conglomerate of unique shops, eclectic ... More
Travel three blocks east of Downtown Dallas and you will find Deep Ellum. It is a conglomerate of unique shops, eclectic restaurants and residential lofts. Previously deserted historic buildings and warehouses are now thriving with people eating, working, living and playing. Deep Ellum is home to numerous clubs, featuring an array of music, from blues and jazz to reggae and alternative rock, but it is also home to various theatrical and artistic venues. For a sampling of the best music the district has to offer, come out on the first Friday of any month, where you will get into five participating clubs for five dollars.
As a homeowner in Deep Ellum I think that Samjow must have driven through without stopping or talking to anyone who is familiar with the area. Aside from the many local restaurants and galleries in the area, the development of the DART rail is brining in more residents and businesses every day. With the zoning changes and the intended renovation of 10 sq. blocks by a large real estate developer, Deep Ellum is flourishing again while retaining its original charm.
Do not go here unless you want to see declining real estate! I was heavily disappointed.
From the reviews, I thought this was going to be a hippy place to visit. Not anymore. According to people who I talked to, it has seen better times. Many of the stores/galleries are now boarded. They have moved to Uptown/Oak Lawn area. I would find it scary to visit Deep Ellum in the evening.
We drove through on a Sunday afternoon and the place was dead. I expected an artsy environment, but there seemed to be trashy art and garbage all over. Couldn't imagine it as being a hip place to shop or visit.
I really love Dallas and try to visit often. I don't do the touristy stuff anymore and I still love it! Adairs is a great little dive, cheap beer, and writing all over the place. If you see a bunch of stuff about the Colts it was probably me!!
Dallas is a city for residents, not tourists. You have to know someone who lives in Dallas to see much of it. There are hundreds of small neighborhoods but they are spread out because they had plenty of room to expand. Now Dallas is surrounded by suburbs so the inner city neighborhoods are being redeveloped. Dallas has poor areas, but overall it is flush and not a real expensive place to live. Housing is a bargain compared to east and west coast cities.
I love Dallas, it isn't like you think it's going to be but it was fun and the people there were very nice. It is chock full of great little whole in the wall type places with good food and great music, you just have to know how to find them. I suggest knowing someone from there so they can show you around. My favorite places were a bar called Adair's and a Mexican food place called The Monteray. So if you go to Dallas
just remember. Relax, enjoy the heat and the food, and be sure to eat as much Tex-Mex as you can.
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