The city is the largest economic center of the 12-county Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area (the DFW MSA) that according to the March 2010 U.S. Census Bureau release, had a population of 6,871,773. The metroplex economy is the sixth largest in the United States, with a 2010 gross metropolitan product of $374 billion. Its 2010 Real GDP amounted to $325 billion according to ‘Urban America: US cities in the global economy,’ which was published by the McKinsey Global Institute in April 2012.
Downtown Dallas is the Central Business District (CBD) in Dallas, Texas, located in the geographic center of the city. The area termed “Downtown” has traditionally been defined as bounded by the downtown freeway loop: bounded on the east by I-345 (although known and signed as the northern terminus of I-45 and the southern terminus of US 75 (Central Expressway), on the west by I-35E, on the south by I-30, and on the north by Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway).
However, the strong organic growth of Downtown Dallas since the early 2000s and continuing into the present has now resulted in Downtown Dallas expansion of the term “Downtown” to include the explosive growth occurring immediately north of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in the Victory Park and Uptown/Turtle Creek Districts as well as past Central Expressway to the east in the Deep Ellum and Bryan Place Districts, past Interstate 30 to the south with the Cedars District, and jumping over Interstate 35E to the west to include the Design District and Lower Oak Lawn. In total there are 11 districts that now form the definition of “Downtown”.
A myriad of culinary experiences await residents and visitors within the restaurants in Dallas. A huge variety of delicious cuisines can be found at Porch, Matt’s Rancho Martinez, Ali Baba Café, Hibiscus, Fireside Pies, Old Monk, The Gin Mill, The Grape, Bangkok City, Corner Market, Blue Goose Cantina, Gloria’s Restaurants, Times Ten Cellars, Victor Tango, Cafe Izmir, Tei Tei, Robata Bar, Teppo Yakitori & Sushi Bar, La Calle Doce, Cafe Brazil and more.
Sixty-six acres of peaceful woods and beautifully manicured lawns and flowers: a great place to spend an afternoon. The Dallas Arboretum, is a botanical reserve that features the seasonal event, Dallas Blooms, the largest outdoor floral festival in the Southwest. The popular Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, one of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in Dallas, features 66-acres of spectacular display gardens that showcase incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections in a serene setting on White Rock Lake. The Arboretum is home to seasonal outdoor festivals, concerts, art shows and more. Throughout the year, guests enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining in either Restaurant DeGolyer in our historic DeGolyer House or on the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace overlooking downtown Dallas.
There is no shortage of luxury shopping near Downtown Dallas. Named one of the “7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World” by Shopping Centers Today, NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled shopping experience with over 235 trendsetting retailers, unique restaurants and legendary department stores in the Southwest. In addition to world-class shopping, NorthPark Center features a magnificent backdrop of art, architecture and landscaping and features internationally-acclaimed 20th century artwork on display with works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others.
Downtown Dallas offers a vibrant, interconnected community living in the urban / art districts. Its unique, strong urban linkages provide homeowners a one-of-a-kind experience.