The Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas

By: Annie Brunson

One of the best kept secrets of Dallas is the Bishop Arts District . It includes lots of casual and upscale restaurants, unique shops, and services. It provides an eclectic mixture of restaurants including Bolsa, Café Brazil, Chan Thai, El Jordan, Eno's Pizza Tavern, Espumoso Coffeehouse, Greek Café and Bakery, Dude, Sweet, Gloria's, Hatties, Cretia'ss plus much more.
The area was originally developed in the 1920's as an area for restaurants and shops. Soon the trolley stop on Davis St became one among Dallas' more popular business stops. However, the spot began going down hill from the mid-1960's due to people gravitating to shopping malls as well as a loss of large establishments such as Astor theatre and Goodier Cosmetics. Also, buses began replacing trolleys making the tram stop at Bishop and Seventh quite useless.
All this changed twenty eight years ago when Jim Lake saw a great deal and began purchasing property in the neighborhood. "Hopefully, we'll make money on this in the future, but the first three to five years I'm gonna feed it," said Lake. By encouraging police presence and offering free rent to proprietors for their first year, the spot began turning around. Eventually two city blocks became pedestrian-only zones. Renovations continued through the 1990's and the 2000's.
Nearby neighborhoods include the Tyler Davis Arts District, North Zang, Jefferson Avenue, Kessler Park, Winnetka Heights, plus much more.

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Annie Brunson is a freelance writer. You can find out more on Dallas, TX on our New Quest City pages. You'll find all kinds of information, including demographics, interesting information, school info, hospitals and more.

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