Dallas City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 18, 2008

USflagIMAGE200Dallas is a city in the state of Texas. It is the 2nd largest in the state and the 9th largest in the entire United States. The city is also the county seat of Dallas County. Overall, the city measures 385 square miles with over 1.2 million residents. The metropolitan area is the 4th largest in America listing Dallas as a gamma world city. Dallas continued to grow in prominence since its foundation in 1841.

It was originally a center for oil and cotton industries together with the full use of railroad lines. The city is now one of the economic powerhouses of America due to a growing number of industries and businesses.

Residential Places in Dallas

Downtown is the center of the city as well as Uptown Dallas and Oak Lawn. There are a number of expensive residential places in the area. Apartments in this region are the most expensive in the state because of the urbanization and convenient presence of commercial establishments nearby.

There are also more residential places in Downtown Dallas like Farmers Market District, Victory Park and West End Historic District. UK expatriates will find a lot of old buildings and apartments in these areas. Oak Lawn, LoMac and West Village are among the most populated regions in the north side of Downtown. More communities are located at the east side of the city like Lakewood and Vickery Place. Beautiful homes are available occasionally on Swiss Avenue. For those looking for larger estates and mansions, north Dallas has upscale communities like Bent Tree and Far North Dallas. Preston Hollow is the most upscale which has become home to the state’s wealthiest residents as well as the most expensive residences in the area. There are also a number of upscale shopping centers in the area such as Galleria Dallas, North Park Center and the Preston Center. Most of the middle-class residents reside in Lake Highlands.

Oak Cliff is located at the south part of Dallas and is home to a number of races like Hispanics, Asians and African Americans. More suburbs surround the city enclosing Highland Park and University Park. Other communities of note are Hollywood Heights, Hamilton Park, Town Creek and Parkdale Heights.

Hospitals and Universities in Dallas

UT Southwestern Medical Center is located at Stemmons Corridor. The research center is affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical School. Included in the Dallas health care system is Children’s Medical Center Dallas, which specializes in pediatrics, as well as Parkland Memorial Hospital featuring some of the latest in medical gadgetry and technology. The Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center is another good hospital known for providing excellent patient care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs helped created the Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) in order to help veterans acquire medicines through mail order prescriptions. There are more notable hospitals in the city like Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Baylor Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Medical City Dallas Hospital.

Educational Establishments

Dallas has several colleges and universities. The University of Texas at Dallas or UTD is well known for its programs in engineering, the arts, technology, economics and management. Southern Methodist University is a private university located at University Park. It now has a population of 6,500 undergraduates, 3,500 postgraduates and 1,200 professional students in the theology and law departments.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School has one of the largest facilities in the world. It highly specializes in science and medicine and has a very selective system of admittance. Dallas Baptist University or DBU is another private university with a population of over 5,000 students. Other universities include the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of Dallas.

The city also boasts of the Texas Woman’s University, Paul Quinn College, the Dallas Theological Seminary, Criswell College and the Dallas Country Community College District. All in all there are 337 public schools, 89 private schools, 38 colleges, and 32 libraries in Dallas.

Commercial Places in Dallas

There are several malls and shopping centers is Dallas. On the average, the city has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the United States. The North Park Center measures around 2.3 million square feet. It is an upscale mall in north Dallas very near residential estates and mansions. The mall has 205 stores and anchors featuring some of the most popular names like Nordstrom and Macy’s. Valley View Center is a mall located at Montford Road.

It is managed by the Macerich Company and features stores like Sears and Sanger-Harris. Galleria Dallas is another upscale shopping mall in north Dallas featuring an ice-skating rink, stores, restaurants and the adjacent The Westin Galleria Hotel. Southwest Center Mall used to be called Red Bird Mall. Some notable stores to visit are Barneys New York, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Neiman Marcus.

Dallas’ Delicacies

Mercado Juarez, El Fenix Mexican Restaurant and Pappa’s Restaurant are some of the noteworthy places to dine in Dallas. Visitors should try authentic Mexican snacks, dishes and drinks while relaxing to the old Texan music and ambiance. Morton’s The Steakhouse serves top quality steaks.

Meats come directly from ranch cows raised in Texan farms and ranches. Tokyo One Japanese Restaurant serves delicious sushi and has a good selection of wine. St. Café & Bakery features delicious baked dishes and pastries. This is a good place to unwind for some coffee and dessert after a long day of shopping. The Fish is located at 3636 McKinney Avenue, which serves great seafood and wine.

Service Establishments in Dallas

Dallas Water Utilities serves and distributes water in the entire city of Dallas. The electric system is managed and maintained by TXU Electric Delivery. TXU Electric Delivery’s parent company, Energy Future Holdings is also based in Dallas. The Sanitation Service Department of the city is responsible for waste management and recycling.

Telephone companies, internet and cable television is provided by several private telecommunications companies. Like Gardner Telecommunications Incorporated, Capital Telecommunications, National Telephone Company and Techedge Communications. Transportation has always been excellent in the city. UK expatriates can go anywhere by bus, train, airplane or car rental. Transportation hubs and facilities are state-of-the-art and are among the best in the world.

Embassies in Dallas

The British Consulate is located at 2911 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219 near Gillespie St. intersection. Contact number is (214) 521 4090. UK expatriates can avail of consular services from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm during weekdays. The consulate aims to improve communications and business relationships between the United Kingdom and United States. Britons will be directed to proper agencies regarding details on passport, business investments in Dallas, migration and the like.

There are several existing British groups and organizations in Dallas as well like the English Speaking Union and the British American Business Council. These groups comprise of Britons who are willing to invest or begin business relationships in America, particularly Dallas, Texas. There is also the UK Trade & Investment, which enhances the competitiveness of UK companies overseas.

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