Dallasites Are Passionate About Their Neighborhoods
’Tis the season to count our blessings. Our city is richly blessed with unique neighborhoods—many of which reflect the personality of those who dwell there. Sure, some people think it’s easy to tell where someone lives based on her fashion choices. But often the differences are more subtle. Take Midway Hollow and Ridgewood. Both neighborhoods date back to the 1950s and boast brick ranchettes. Looking for midcentury modern? Head over to Rockbrook Drive for a breathtaking Howard Meyer. Across the lake, there’s a 1950s beauty with original custom walnut by the famed Nappanee, Indiana, cabinetmaker Coppes Napanee. The cabinet doors are even signed. (Trivia: Nappanee dropped the second “p” in 1876, when the company was created, because federal laws at the time banned the trademarking of city names in corporate titles.) Sometimes it seems like there’s competition to be the best neighborhood of all—throw the best Halloween party, outdo everyone with holiday lights (hello, Armstrong Parkway!), or, in the case of the “Disney” streets, maintain that 1950s charm. I love it all, because even when there’s conflict, it means that people are passionate about where they live. And that’s a good thing.