Monday, April 22, 2024 Apr 22, 2024
55° F Dallas, TX
Advertisement
Politics & Government

Why Are the Best Neighborhoods in Dallas Still Segregated?

A look back at an editorial we published a decade ago.
|
Image

A coworker yesterday pointed me to this publisher’s note that Wick wrote 10 years ago this month in D Magazine and suggested we repost it here. As with this post, the publisher’s note was titled “Why Are All the Best Neighborhoods in Dallas Still Segregated?” My first thought was “Heck, yeah. Why are all the best neighborhoods still segregated?” Wick made some great points about homeowners subsidizing racial discrimination at the Dallas Country Club (which doesn’t itself pay property taxes), and he called on religious leaders and the mayors of Dallas, Highland Park, and University Park to make their best neighborhoods more inclusive. I thought that Wick’s message resonated.

Then I started poking around and asking myself a few questions. First off, what Wick was really asking was “Why are all the richest neighborhoods segregated?” He singled out four: Preston Hollow, Greenway Parks, HP, and UP. Wait a second. What about Lakewood? Pretty good little neighborhood. And I have to rep my own Eastwood, which is even cheaper. And then there’s Kessler Park and — you know, there are some great neighborhoods around Dallas. I won’t say there’s no connection between household income and desirability, but I’d like to put a little more distance between “best” and “richest.” They aren’t the same thing.

The second problem that I saw with Wick’s piece became clear to me when I looked at this block-by-block map of race distribution in Dallas. It’s not just the “best” neighborhoods that are segregated. The entire city is segregated. Go ahead. Find your own neighborhood on that map. What does it look like? So, really, the question in the headline should be “Why is Dallas Still Segregated?” And that, friends, is a question cities all across America should be wrestling with.

Here’s a documentary you should watch. It’s called Bonton + Ideal, and it’s about how White racists created two poor neighborhoods in Dallas, Bonton and Ideal. As the intro to the film says, “Jim Crow segregation. Discriminatory housing policies. Racial violence. These are inescapable elements of America’s urban history. In every city, it’s the same story, manifesting in a different way.”

Related Articles

Image
Home & Garden

A Look Into the Life of Bowie House’s Jo Ellard

Bowie House owner Jo Ellard has amassed an impressive assemblage of accolades and occupations. Her latest endeavor showcases another prized collection: her art.
Image
Dallas History

D Magazine’s 50 Greatest Stories: Cullen Davis Finds God as the ‘Evangelical New Right’ Rises

The richest man to be tried for murder falls in with a new clique of ambitious Tarrant County evangelicals.
Image
Home & Garden

The One Thing Bryan Yates Would Save in a Fire

We asked Bryan Yates of Yates Desygn: Aside from people and pictures, what’s the one thing you’d save in a fire?
Advertisement