Looking east along Blackburn Street in Uptown
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|Elevation||472 ft (144 m)|
|ZIP code||75201, 75204|
|Area code(s)||214, 469, 972|
Uptown is a PID (public improvement district) and neighborhood in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, Texas, (USA). Uptown is adjacent-to and north-of downtown Dallas, and is bordered by US 75 (Central Expressway) on the east, N Haskell Avenue on the northeast, Katy Trail on the northwest, Bookhout Street and Cedar Springs Road on the west, N Akard Street on the southwest and Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) on the south.
The now-upscale Uptown area was originally outside the city limits of Dallas, and was home to those not welcome in the city. The west side, near present-day Harry Hines Boulevard, once hosted a large Hispanic neighborhood known as "Little Mexico". The east side, now anchored by Cityplace Center, was the site of the Freedmen's Town established by freed African-American slaves. Very little of this working-class history remains, with the Hispanic west being turned into high-rise buildings, and the African-American east being destroyed by the construction of Central Expressway and Woodall Rodgers Freeway. All that remains of Freedmen's Town is the Freedmen's Cemetery, which gained national recognition when Central Expressway reconstruction revealed over 1,100 graves beneath existing and proposed roadways.
Uptown is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in the city of Dallas. It is largely "new urbanist" in scope; the majority of facilities considered "Uptown institutions" are relatively new and were created during the late 20th and early 21st Centuries' new urbanist urban planning movement.
The district is one of the most dense in Dallas and is home to a wide variety of establishments, including office buildings, residential towers, apartment complexes, retail centers, nightlife strips and hotels. This mixed-use development practice lends to what many people identify as a very urban lifestyle, unlike the compartmentalized social structures of suburban bedroom communities and office parks. The majority of Dallas and its surroundings are compartmentalized due to the style of mid-20th Century American urban planning and so Uptown stands out in its surroundings as an alternative to the norm. This makes Uptown very popular with younger professionals.