University Park Is DFW's Most Walkable Neighborhood, Says Bullshit List

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Matthew Rutledge
Oak Cliff
A new, bullshit list has found that University Park is the most walkable neighborhood in all of Dallas-Fort Worth. Highland Park comes next and Addison ranks third. And then the list ends.

Well, that settles it then. Come on Uptown, Oak Lawn, Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville and all of Oak Cliff, it's time to go home.

"Dallas-Fort Worth residents aren't known for walking," according to an insulting write-up in the Dallas Business Journal, "and Texas pedestrians can count on getting stared at for taking on the sidewalks in 100+ degree heat."

That already gives you a heads-up of where this list is going. Newsflash: People walk in Dallas-Fort Worth. People walk everywhere. It's just that in certain cities, walking means waiting for 12 minutes at the crosswalk while the rich give you a judgey stare from their cars, and Dallas can often be one of those cities.

Overall, the list ranked Dallas as the 30th most walkable city in the United States, probably accurate when you include the suburban parts and the highways, and then completely disregard all of the cute little sections that are actually walkable.

The crude list was allegedly based on data from WalkScore.com, a seemingly legitimate site that describes a walkable neighborhood as a place where daily errands don't require a car.

But then a California real estate firm called ZipRealty came in and "analyzed" that data.

The rankings also got screwed up because ZipRealty sneaked in a little "with the most affordable homes" clause at the end of its "the most walkable" list title. This somehow makes University Park, which has a median home price of more than $1 million, become the most walkable and affordable neighborhood in all of the metro area. (Granted, University Park is a pretty nice place to walk, but at that price tag, it had better be.)

Perhaps a more accurate title for this ranking is Neighborhoods Where ZipRealty Is Currently Trying To Sell Houses, and Walkable Is a Cool Word.

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51 comments
Lurch
Lurch

Don't get in the way of a Jimmy John's driver. The one on Hillcrest is the worst.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith

maybe if your wearing your bullet proof vest..

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

Ummm.. UP and HP are walkable and probably are some of the most walkable places in DFW. Go look at a map with the street grid. Notice when most of that grid was laid down. It makes perfect sense that the place is walkable. BTW, parts of Dallas suburbs are walkable too but since you guys haven't been north of 635 since you graduated from Plano high school you wouldn't know that.

Dale Anderson
Dale Anderson

Pretty funny when the Dallas Observer is calling a List Bullshit. I have read so many ass backwards list and awards in the Observer is almost as funny as D Magazines Best of list.

Matt A Hale
Matt A Hale

Total bullshit. West 7th and university in Fort Worth, that's walkable.

Mark Conner
Mark Conner

My "walkability" bitch is aimed at the preferential treatment our City seems to give Valets Companies at the drop of a hat.

jmckee3
jmckee3

I'm in Uptown and I walk everywhere, even for things like groceries and so does everyone I know that lives down here. Yes, even in the summer, it's 100 degrees with plenty of shade and a nice breeze most of the time for like 2-3 months out of the year, Uptown is not located on the surface of the sun and most of the year is quite pleasant.

I also find myself a bit dubious of Walk Score seeing as my score of 86 is in part calculated by an empty lot labeled as a beer and wine store is counted as "groceries" and The Melrose on Oak Lawn being labeled a library under arts and community.

Trinity River Whalers
Trinity River Whalers

Sad that so many in Dallas manage to ignore Ft. Worth. There are many more places in Ft. Worth, from the cool and highly walkable downtown area, to Trinity Park (home of Mayfest) to the 7th Street corridor and Magnolia area where both walking and biking are favored. Too many to mention. And again, we are NOT Dallas!

lemonaioli
lemonaioli

When I lived in Dallas and wanted to walk for exercise somewhere other than my own neighborhood, I'd scoot on over to UP and sometimes to HP. Granted, I lived close to both areas being in the Village but, yes, it's very walkable which includes somewhere to walk to...Snider Plaza, the parks in the area, Preston Center, the schools, etc. Plus I felt safe walking there even at night. Lakewood works too. Addison? Sure, other than Addison Circle, you can walk down Belt Line to get to any number of places but it would still feel weird.

Downtown is okay but how many people live there and where would you walk after work hours even now?

I moved to Chicago specifically because I wanted to live somewhere where I didn't need to drive everywhere or feel like I need to drive everywhere. Even though Greenville Ave. has sidewalks, it always felt a little weird when I'd drop my car at NTB for the 10 minute walk home..."why doesn't that girl have a car?" Here pretty much everywhere I go day to day is a walk, train ride or (gasp!) a bus ride away. I rode the DART rail in Dallas but couldn't tell you anything about the buses outside of special events.

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

I live there and there isn't much that I can walk to. I know that some people can walk if they happen to live nearby a shopping center but that doesn't apply to many areas in UP. I can just think of many more areas that are more walkable.

Tim Evans
Tim Evans

I've worked in the area a lot. There is tons of options on Lovers and Hillcrest close by but that's my definition.

Michelle Mûmakil
Michelle Mûmakil

Some one should inform that restaurant that its current choice of exterior colors is horrid and tacky! Ugh a historical landmark put to shame

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

Sure if you live next to them, but there are a lot of homes in UP that aren't in walking distance to those 2 places. To me, walkable means you have businesses, markets, delis, etc. interspersed between homes and not just 1 or 2 shopping areas in the middle or edge of a sprawling neighborhood. If that is the definition of walkable then almost all neighborhoods could be considered walkable.

J_A_
J_A_

The only walkable part of Addison is in the circle.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

To a California realty firm, $1 Million is affordable.  University Park is very walkable:  gigantic sidewalks, practically every intersection has a stop light and crosswalks, speed bumps everywhere to slow down traffic, Snider Plaza within walking distance or biking distance for most, lots of little parks, garages are uniformly in the back along alleys another urbanist goal.  Practically all the homes are close to each other.  What's the beef?  As far as being a pedestrian, I have a lot less to fear from some rich guy staring than I do from idiotic cab drivers and suburban commuters racing in their huge pick up trucks to/from work or simply clueless on city layout, emulating our moronic cab drivers in lane jumping.  What is so difficult about moving to left lane of Ervay when making a left at Main?

Tim Evans
Tim Evans

Snider Plaza and the area around Preston and NW Highway are within walking distance.

Randy Wilson
Randy Wilson

Having just moved back to uptown from Addison precisely because I miss walking to places, I heartily join this author in calling bullshit

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

Walkable as in your maid walking to the mansion next door for a cup of sugar from their maid? I mean really, there isn't much to walk to in UP but other houses.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

In related events, you know the real estate bubble in the Dallas area is bad when business columnists in the Dallas Morning News write columns warning that the current bubble is the worst anyone's seen in 30 years...and the editor didn't censor it to keep the advertisers happy. The fact that the Business Journal ran an open and blatant wank like this tells me one thing: others realize that the current bubble is unsustainable, and they're hoping to flip their properties to some other sucker before they're actually stuck with underwater properties. (See also: the incessant hype about buying up spaces in Lakewood "before you're priced out of the market.")

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I walk in downtown during the week for lunch or happy hour.  And at least once or twice a week, 
Im either almost hit or honked at by a car while in the crosswalk legally.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The list a lot of crap.  San Francisco ranks second on the list.  Have you ever trudged up Mason to Nob Hill, or Lombard up to Coit Tower?  There's more to "walkable" than beauty.

Daniel
Daniel

My address off Henderson has a walk score of 74 ("Very Walkable"). I'm hard pressed to think of anywhere in the Park Cities or Addison that would fare so well.

johnparkergreenan
johnparkergreenan

Almost 9,000 people live downtown. You might try walking to Klyde Warren Park, Lark on the Park, City Tavern (or one of a half dozen other taverns on Main Street), the Joule, the West End, Main Street Garden, the DMA, Nasher or Perot (limited evening hours, but open some in the evening and on weekends), maybe to church on Sunday, to the Opera, Symphony or a play. I just looked yesterday, and in September my wife and I (not intentionally but because they were shows we wanted to see) have tickets to three different concerts on three consecutive nights, at three different venues (House of Blues, the Winspear and the Majestic) and we'll walk to all of them.

It's out of service now, but you also typically have the trolley to Uptown, in a year we'll lhave one to Bishop Arts, and Downtown is also the center of the DART system.

Oxtail
Oxtail

@MikeWestEast 

I agree. I've lived all over this town. Considering SMU, Snider Plaza, Preston Center, the well designed sidewalks and parks with large old trees, UP is walkable AND bikeable. Greenville Ave. is walkable til you get stabbed. Oak Cliff is walkable until you gouge yer toe an some old rusty bolt sticking out of the cement; same with Deep Ellum. Uptown to Oaklawn will get you run over by a Type A douche in a Porsche. There are sidewalks in Addison?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@LeroyJenkem 30 year old condos in Oak Lawn that were selling for $150-160K last year are $200-220K now.

All those damn people fleeing the "liberal cities" on the Left Coast and bringing their decadent money.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin Coming from New York I have to say the drivers are, comparatively, a lot more courteous in Dallas.  I still haven't gotten used to cars actually waiting for me to cross.

dingo
dingo

@Daniel Whenever a fall early evening rolls around and the walkers head out for their strolls, my neighborhood suddenly becomes "Very Barkable".

lemonaioli
lemonaioli

9000 people is great and better than it used to be but considering the population of Dallas, that's not much. I used to have meetings in the evening at the Joule, at Thanksgiving Tower and in the Chase Tower. After the Joule and Thanksgiving Tower, we'd often eat at Sol Irlandes, Campisi's or other places that no longer exist. Still, it's a ghost town compared to other downtowns even to dare I say Fort Worth. I lived in Dallas for 30+ years and have been downtown on countless occasions, even taking DART to get there. Uptown is nice as long as you have your dbag blinders on. Dallas still has a perception problem as a walkable city. It's a driving city to most people though there certainly are exceptions such as you and your wife.

darkblood777
darkblood777

@Oxtail @MikeWestEast There are mediocre sidewalks all over Addison.  There are nice tree-shaded sidewalks in Addison Circle.  Unfortunately, Addison Circle is small compared to some of these other locations.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ScottsMerkin They're not waiting for you to cross, they're just indecisive.  Is she worth enough points?  How much damage is this going to do to my car?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ScottsMerkin Most of the time its a fucking cabbie not paying attention, and the cabbies in downtown are the most clueless mother fuckers ever.  How do they always look so lost and cut across 2 or 3 lanes to turn.

JalopenoGrigio
JalopenoGrigio

@jmckee3 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Truth. I can't compare them to other cities, but they're a menace in Uptown. And it's more than them just being annoying - I've seen multiple accidents caused by them running red lights, turning from middle lanes, etc. 

jmckee3
jmckee3

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Sorry but the cab drivers in Uptown are fucking awful and a public safety menace. They blatantly break traffic laws, consistently scam you, often refuse to take credit cards when they are required by law to take them and I have been refused service many times because they don't want to drive from The Strip to Uptown because they think they can get a better fare.

I just take Uber now because the $10 more that it costs round trip isn't worth dealing with one of Dallas's terrible cab drivers.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz They let me curse, I'm gonna curse.  I like to use all parts of the English language, vile words included

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ScottsMerkin The cab drivers are probably courteous on an NYC scale.  They simply do not know the city.  I always give precise directions to the driver, not because I expect he would cheat me, but because, if not going from one major landmark to another landmark, he does not know how to get there.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin Your language is absolutely vile.  Clean it up.  As for cabbies, the same goes for them.  They're much more courteous in Dallas.

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