It is fun to learn how the fabric of this city was built by Texas leaders years ago, who encouraged the city’s development and made changes that positively impacted our history and what the city is today.
Dallas is the third largest city in Texas and the ninth in population in all the US. It is also the main cultural and economic center of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW), the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the nation.
The Big D as Dallasites call this diverse city, was by no means a one-minute success story – If we look the history of Dallas back to the 19th Century, Dallas officials introduced to the city major north-south and east-west Texas railroad routes, which intersected in Downtown Dallas , ensuring the city’s future as a commercial center.
History of Dallas – The 20th Century
In the 20th Century the History of Dallas shows how the city progressed from agriculture to banking, insurance and other businesses and oil in the mid-1930′s
Years later, in the 1950′s, The Dallas Market Center was established as the largest wholesale trade complex in the globe.
The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1960′s is one of the most significant events in the history of Dallas. The Kennedy Memorial Plaza was dedicated in 1970 to honor the president and is an integral part of the city’s cultural heritage.
In the ’70s and ’80s the building boom brought a modern profile and prominent skyline to the downtown area. Although Houstonian architecture lovers debate in their Houston Architecture Forum that Dallas skyline does not compare to their city, I have to disagree and say that Dallas skyline is THE BEST!
In the 1990′s Dallas was named the “silicon prairie” due to its large concentration of jobs in computer, electronic and telecommunications manufacturing.
Today, all these different industries together contribute to the city’s economic development.
History of Dallas – Urban Renewal
The City of Dallas recently began to experience an urban renewal; From the mid-80′s to 2005, not a single high-rise structure was built in the downtown area. However, in 2005, three high rises began construction, as well as tens of residential conversions and smaller residential projects.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments expects the number of residents in the loop to increase by more than 10,000 by the year 2010. The photo to the left was taken by NASA’s satellites and shows the impact of DFW’s growth today. Only imagine what it would look like ten years from now!
Just North, Uptown is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. In the beginning of 2006, nine highrise residential buildings and hotels were under construction in the area. Leading the way is phase two of Victory, a multibillion project with more than 4,000 residences and blocks of office and retail space with a few close followers.
History of Dallas – Arts District
The Arts District in downtown plays a big part in the History of Dallas and is expected to become a major point of growth with the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation and the construction of several new projects in the area.
With the Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theatre, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas is the only city in the world with four buildings in one contiguous block designed by Architecture Prize winners.
Dallas’ revitalization is an example of careful and steady planning… undeniably, a blueprint for success! The Dallas Historical Society features an extensive exhibit about the History of Dallas , one of the best resources available for the historian-at-heart.