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!
Newly Added Neighborhoods
A neighborhood boundary must be drawn the same way 3 times for a new neighborhood to get added to the POP Neighborhood Map. Through citizen participation, we’ve been able to confirm 4 new neighborhoods - Brettonwoods, Capella Park, Encino Hills, and Knox Park. Here are the boundaries of these recent additions and a little bit of information about each of them.
Prior to the 1950's the place now known as Brettonwoods was farmland and woods nestled along Crow Creek. Much of Brettonwoods was originally part of the Overton Farm. In the early 1950's, the Overton family began to sell tracts of land along the woodlands of Crow Creek and the open farmland to the north of the neighborhood. The winding streets & the towering trees in the southern sector of Oak Cliff is home to a variety of houses built mostly in the 1950's, which include ranches, traditional and mid- century moderns. The Neighborhood started a Nextdoor community in May 2012 and became a Neighborhood Association in September 2014. They hold consistent quarterly meetings and an annually well attended National Night Out event in addition to other neighborhood-based social and service gatherings.
(Source: Brettonwoods Neighborhood Association; POP Neighborhood Map)
Capella Park is a New Urbanist-inspired subdivision that was developed in the early 2000’s. The neighborhood is proud of its eclectic architecture, rolling hills, and strong sense of community. It is located near Mountain Creek Lake, Dallas Baptist University, and Cedar Hill State Park.
Encino Hills is a roomy subdivision developed in the early 2000’s. It enjoys some of the best access to natural beauty in Dallas thanks to its location near the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve and Kiest Park.
Knox Park is a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood bordered by N. Central Expressway and the Katy Trail that is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping, and residential spaces. Knox Park is only minutes away from downtown.