Anchored by historic structures like Margaret B. Henderson Elementary School, Balboa Place and a Masonic lodge, Downtown Elmwood is the name affectionately given to a commercial district of roughly 14 acres – centered on S Edgefield Ave and Ferndale Ave – and comprised of dozens of small businesses, several places of worship, restaurants and even a recording studio.
The BISHOP ARTS FOR LOCALS
An interesting street grid shaped by a branch of nearby Cedar Creek allowed for the formation of small traffic triangles that give the district a look and feel unlike any other in Dallas, not to mention a unique opportunity for pocket parks and public art.
Because the buildings have survived largely intact for decades – one was an early home of BeautiControl Cosmetics – walking through the district is like traveling to another time. In fact, Downtown Elmwood was the location of 1950s sequences in the movie Born on the Fourth of July. That moment in cinematic history is a source of neighborhood pride and also inspires residents to give the district its identity as Elmwood approaches its 100th anniversary.
An entrepreneur- and arts-friendly location, neighborhood charm and a rich history are only some of the reasons why Elmwood has been called the Bishop Arts for locals.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DOWNTOWN
The 2017 Dallas Bond Program funded two public works projects that will forever change Downtown Elmwood. First, the district will receive pedestrian street lighting that will easily mark the area and encourage foot traffic after sundown. And finally, an extension of nearby Elmwood Parkway Trail will connect the district to the 263-acre Kiest Park as well as the Tyler-Vernon DART Station, which has become its own center of gravity thanks to the mixed-use Tyler Station. This means that by 2024 Downtown Elmwood will be a short walk or bike ride to anywhere along the DART Red Line, including several Park & Ride lots.