Running Through UptownMy Dallas Story

Name: Paula Grunow

City: Dallas

Neighborhood: Uptown

Company/Title: Moroch, Media Supervisor

When did you move here? Where from?
April 2016, from San Diego, California

Where else have you lived?
Los Angeles; I lived in Southern California my whole life before I moved to Dallas.

What made you Say Yes To Dallas?
My first encounter with Dallas was when I visited my cousin, who was a student at SMU at the time. Southern hospitality is very real thing — I fell in love with the people of the city. Between the job opportunities, great food, active lifestyle, and the affordable cost of living, I decided I had to move. That same weekend, I applied to a job listing through my LinkedIn app, and by the time I arrived home after a vacation, I had received an offer. I packed my belongings and drove halfway across the country to my new home.

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region?
I spent quite a bit of time investigating each neighborhood in Dallas; how pricing varies, and the commute time to work and activities I knew I wanted to do. I chose Uptown because I love running, so being close to the Katy Trail was a must.

How has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here?
I love the area even more! There are so many things to do and places to see, and I’m continuing to meet new people. Living in Dallas, you get the benefits of living in a big city without the claustrophobic feeling of being packed in.

Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different?
I like Uptown because I can conveniently walk to everything. From shopping, to hair salons, restaurants, and bars — Uptown has it all. Also, the neighborhood is clean and well-maintained.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here?

Where do you go and what do you do on the weekends or days off?
Running the Katy Trail is the best activity outside of work. The people watching is great, and afterward, you can always stop at the Ice House with friends for a beer.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Every chance I get, I recommend eating at Trinity Groves. It doesn’t matter what type of food you’re in the mood for, you can find it all there. The fun environment doesn’t hurt either.

What is your favorite outdoor activity, and where is your favorite place to do it?
I can’t say it enough —running on the Katy Trail.

Where do you like to shop? Why?
NorthPark Center has great shopping at all price points and styles.

Do you travel often? Is it easier or harder to do here?
Yes — I travel almost every other weekend. Southwest Airlines makes traveling affordable and convenient.

Photo Credit: Meredith Miles