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The exclusive Highland Park neighborhood is actually its own city surrounded on three sides by the city of Dallas and on the other by University Park. Designed by Wilbur David Cook, a landscape architect of Beverly Hills, Highland Park was rejected when it initially asked for annexation to Dallas. Incorporated in 1913, it thereafter rejected Dallas' invitations to annex thereby preserving its beauty and property values.
Cross the Trinity River by the Houston St. viaduct to Oak Cliff and you'll see what old Dallas may have looked a lot like. Although many South Dallas areas are economically blighted and show their wear, the structures and roadways are more true to pre-nineteen-eighties Dallas than anywhere else. There are some wonderful old homes in the Oak Cliff section, and some of those are being lovingly restored. Oak Cliff has its place in the history of November 22, 1963 as well: after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, took a bus to Oak Cliff.Officer J.D. Tippet was murdered shortly afterwards, and police converged on the Texas Theater at 231 W. Jefferson Boulevard where Oswald was captured. Oswald's residence at 1026 N Beckley St in Oak Cliff is a tourist attraction.
Deep Ellum is a youthful, edgy neighborhood with a long musical history. Originally settled as a freedmens' town by former slaves after the Civil War, in the nineteen-twenties it became a mecca for Jazz and blues artists. After a very long period of decline, the area was revitalized in the nineteen-eighties once again into an arts and entertainment district. Today it's primarily a destination for dining and club-goers, but there are warehouse lofts and artists' abodes scattered throughout.
Uptown encompasses some of the more scenic streets closest to downtown Dallas and includes the M Line, McKinney Avenue Streetcar. In the past it was an area that many artists and musicians lived in, today Uptown has evolved into a more upscale shopping, dining and night-clubbing neighborhood with an upwardly mobile and largely gay population.
Oak Lawn, adjacent to Uptown, is known for its fabulous restaurants and stylish bars. Its main drag is Cedar Springs which is the epicenter of Dallas' gay nightlife.
Sprawling North Dallas is made up of multiple suburbs stretching for miles north. Cookie cutter homes, McMansions and miles of six lane boulevards make for often nondescript surroundings. Restaurant and shopping laden Addison, however, is an exception. Two malls including the upscale Galleria, shopping centers and large chain stores on every corner along with a multitude of restaurants make it a destination in itself.
Koreatown is a new neighborhood distinction in Dallas resulting from a large number of Korean businesses taking over what was once a seedy section of town at Royal Lane and Harry Hines Blvd. Although there aren't many people living there, Korean-style karaoke bars, restaurants and cafes along with shops proliferate in the area. One popular local bargain-hunters paradise is Sam Moons.