Downtown Dallas is home to big business and big development. Known to Dallasites as the Central Business District, the new interest in urban living has sent downtown bouncing back from being labeled a dead zone after the sun goes down.
Located within the central freeway loop, Downtown is generally thought of as bounded by northern I-45, the southern edge of Central Expressway, I-35E, I-30 and the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and owes its distinctive look to nationally-known architects who redesigned the skyline during the building boom of the 1970s and 1980s.
Later, the decision to create the West End Historic District in the 1980s and preserve the late turn-of-the-century brick warehouses by turning them into swanky restaurants, retail, office and residential spaces has resonated, leading to even more renovation projects.
Downtown urban living is enjoying a new renaissance of appeal among a number of people, from those who desire a fast-paced lifestyle near all the action to recent retirees and empty nesters who want the fun and freedom that accompanies a high-rise with a concierge, round-the-clock security and a convenient location. Not The Trinity River Project is another big transformation for downtown. This city-funded public works project will be the largest urban park in the United States, with facilities that will include an equestrian center, lakes, trails, sports fields, nature centers and other recreational facilities.