South of downtown and surrounding Fair Park, these predominantly African-American and Hispanic-inhabited neighborhoods are pushing to rise again. Big initiatives by the City and community advocates are underway to invigorate improvements and development. The South Boulevard/Park Row Historic district is undergoing a revival. Parkdale/Urbandale near the Keeton Park Golf Course is striving for the same. Proximity to the city offers great growth promise.
The South Dallas Edgewood Place was once home to the Jewish community, and later on, African-American residents; many of today’s Edgewood inhabitants are from families who owned their houses for decades. Edgewood today is attracting the attention of young professionals and urban pioneers, who are quietly buying houses in need of renovation. Developers are interested as well, because of Edgewood’s proximity to downtown, Deep Ellum, the Farmers Market, and Baylor Medical Center.
South Boulevard/Park Row Historic District is part of the Edgewood Historic District in South Dallas. The two-block neighborhood consists of 100 houses on South Boulevard and Park Row, which were built by the Jewish community in the early 20th century, when Temple Emanu-El was at Harwood Street and South Boulevard. This area is revitalizing with a mix of relatively intact Prairie School, Craftsman bungalow, and historical revival style homes by prominent Dallas Architects of the period 1910-1935.
Grand Park South (GPS) is a 228-acre tax-increment finance (TIF) District in South Dallas and adjacent to historic Fair Park with access to downtown and DART’s light rail green line. Recent development in the district includes 6,000 square feet of retail, 30 single-family homes, and a $36 million, 213,616-square-foot middle school that opened in 2013.