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About Us

The Dallas Design District has undergone significant change in the past decade. Right at the heart of our city, The area has come from a “to the trade only” warehouse district to a hip, blossoming community that attracts life and creativity.

This blog is sponsored by  Jim Lake Companies, a commercial real estate company that has owned property in the district since the 1960’s. After working with the City of Dallas to get the area rezoned to allow residential under PD 621 in 2002, Jim Lake Companies built the area’s first residential project, Trinity Loft. As more apartment and loft complexes moved to the area, retail, restaurants and art galleries followed.

Jim Lake Companies also worked with the City to create a TIF District for the Design District, allowing public funds to be invested to redevelop the area into a more livable, beautiful neighborhood.


The main things we discuss on The DDD are:

  • Dallas Design District

    Evolving over the last 50 years, today’s Design District and Arts District is poised to become a major destination in the urban revitalization of the downtown and near-downtown area of the city. With the help of Trammel Crow, Jim Lake Companies and many others, it is now a thriving, urban, creative epicenter in Dallas.

  • The Trinity River Project

    This is one of the most ambitious public works project in the nation, and one that is transforming Dallas forever. By improving the 20-mile swath of nature that runs through the heart of the city, citizens will have the opportunity to enjoy nature and recreation within the public realm. The Trinity Trust Foundation is truly a huge player in building bridges across the Trinity.

  • Good eats & drinks

    There are some great restaurants in the Design District, whose quality and service will tantalize your taste buds.  Our job is to do the dirty work and find these restaurants that don’t require the treacherous task of dabbing too-greasy food or searching for a happy happy hour.  All of this we can find in the DDD. You’re welcome.

  • Life and living in the DDD

    You’ll be the first to know about new businesses in the district, whether it’s an apartment, loft, showroom, or if there is space available for lease. We also have the inside scoop on DDD parties and street events, such as wine walks (who doesn’t want to walk around and drink wine?) and art shows. We also have a first-hand source for crime reports in the area (or more appropriately- lack of crime reports), press releases, and city government contacts.