For the past 4 years, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP ([bc]) has been working with residents to create the POP Neighborhood Map, a comprehensive map of Dallas neighborhoods. About a year ago, [bc] put the map online and launched two new digital tools - Know Your Neighborhood and Draw Your Neighborhood - to inform and support neighborhood-based advocacy through the collecting and sharing of neighborhood-specific data - political, geographical, historical, statistical, and organizational information - with Dallas neighborhoods and their residents. Using the Draw Your Neighborhood tool - 226 participants submitted boundaries for neighborhoods across Dallas to be added to the POP Neighborhood Map. Over the next 5 weeks, we’re going to discuss some of those submissions and ask for help in getting more info about the neighborhoods we’ve been hearing about. Through this blog we’ll share: the 4 new neighborhoods we recently added to the POP Neighborhood Map; questions about the boundaries and identities of a few neighborhoods already on the POP Neighborhood Map; neighborhoods that were new to us that we’d like to learn more about; a report on downtown Dallas neighborhoods; and finally, what we’ve learned about “super neighborhoods” in Dallas.
Thank you to everyone that has participated so far, this is an exciting beginning! If you have knowledge or stories that you’d like to share about the neighborhoods discussed here, send us an email. If you’d like to submit your own neighborhood boundaries, visit Draw Your Neighborhood!
Modifications and Overlaps
Based on input we received via the interactive neighborhood boundary drawing tool Draw Your Neighborhood, [bc] has been considering making some changes to the boundaries of a few neighborhoods - Parkdale, Lake Park Estates, L Streets, Merriman Park/University Manor, and Lake Cliff - already on the POP Neighborhood Map. Borders currently included on the map are shown in blue while suggested new boundaries are shown in red. What do you think about the changes people suggested?
Established in 1954, the L Streets is a neighborhood located just two miles northeast of White Rock Lake. The neighborhood has been on the POP Neighborhood Map for a long time, but we received a few submissions for boundaries different than what is currently drawn on the map. Both suggested boundaries extend the L Streets north to Walnut Hill Lane, and one extends the boundary south to Northwest Highway.
Centered around the lake of the same name, Lake Cliff was the site of Texas’ largest cultural/amusement complex in the early 1900s. Residential development began in 1913 after the complex closed, and the neighborhood is now a historic district. We received five different suggestions of modifications to the Lake Cliff neighborhood boundaries. There appears to be agreement that southern boundary is Davis, but no consensus on the other boundaries. One contributor believes the eastern boundary should be Jefferson, not between Marsalis and Lancaster, as it's currently drawn on the map. The western boundary varies between Beckley and Zang.
Lake Park Estates
Lake Park Estates is a neighborhood of 288 homes, most dating from the 1950s and ‘60s, located just east of White Rock Lake. Little Ireland was drawn twice with significant overlap with Lake Park Estates.The name “Little Ireland” is new to us. Lake Park Estates was drawn with different boundaries than what we've seen in the past. Do you live in Lake Park Estates or Little Ireland? We’d love to know more about these neighborhoods.
Merriman Park/ University Manor
Merriman Park/University Manor is a neighborhood of single family homes, established 1954, nestled against the upland of White Rock Lake Park. The neighborhood was drawn five times with boundaries different than what we've seen previously.
A number of folks drew a neighborhood called Parkdale Heights that overlapped with what [bc] had recorded as Parkdale. Established in 1926, the Parkdale neighborhood includes about 1,000 homes dating primarily from the 1950s bordering the Great Trinity Forest in southeast Dallas. Is Parkdale Heights a different neighborhood than Parkdale? Should the current boundaries given for Parkdale be modified?