Dallas positives - 1/3/2011
I've lived in Dallas for over 30 years and am originally from the Midwest. I have loved living here and have seen many changes--most of them good, some of them not so good. The people here have been friendly to me and seem to be decent and caring on the most part. I think that some of the "very wealthy" areas of town can be cliquish--we call it "living in the bubble", but that is certainly not Dallas in general. Dallas is cosmopolitan and has some wonderful museums, parks, sports and concert venues and new symphony and opera halls. I'm never bored here--there is always something going on. Whiterock Lake is located in an area northeast of downtown, and has wonderful jogging and biking trails as well as a beautiful park and arboretum. There are lots of large trees and pretty vistas of downtown Dallas buildings at night. The Uptown area has the Katy Trail and many shops, restaurants and new condos and apartments. That area, too, has lots of trees as does the "M" streets area (a cute area with lots of 1920-30's cottage homes) and Greenville Avenue restaurants and shops. Lakewood is another area that has older homes with lots of charm. Lake Highlands north of Whiterock Lake is another older, pretty neighborhood with affordable housing. There are now condos near and in downtown Dallas, but the area is just getting under development slowly. Dallas downtown used to close up after 5:00, but there are more and more restaurants, clubs and housing being opened. North Oak Cliff across the Trinity River is also developing into a renovated neighborhood--especially near Kessler Park/Stevens Park. It is an easy commute to downtown, but the area still is still rough in some spots. There are many areas of Dallas that are changing--for the better. There is a lot of growth and development, and the shopping, medical care and colleges are great!
Not so good is the traffic--although most of the highways and tollroads are upgraded, the commute is still a hassle.
The economy has done much better than the rest of the country the past few years, and housing prices are affordable. I have children from ages 43 to 24, and they have all had no problem getting employment after graduating from college. (All 7 of them returned to Dallas and stayed). Like every city, there are some blighted areas with crime, but get a good Realtor, and they'll be able to steer you away from those. I have also lived in the suburbs of Addison, West Richardson, and Coppell, and have enjoyed those areas as well. Coppell, just west of Dallas near the DFW airport is a wonderful little city to raise a family, with hardly any crime and a city that is great about it's appearance with nicely landscaped streets and public areas and has many wonderful parks. The summers can be very hot, but the winters are usually mild. Dallas is a busy city, but overall is a great place to live.