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Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the principal advocate, champion and steward of Downtown, effecting change by developing strategies, setting targets and mobilizing resources that:

  • Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • Position the area as a global destination

At Downtown Dallas, Inc., our members play a critical role in these efforts. As active members of task forces, committees and volunteer groups, our members don't just help fund our efforts, they participate in a meaningful and engaged way to help Downtown.

Currently our areas of focus include:

  • Public Safety
  • Maintenance & Capital Improvements
  • Economic Development
  • Community Education, Engagement and Advocacy
  • Public Policy
  • Planning & Transportation

In 2014, we look forward to helping maintain public safety, creating vibrant streets and public spaces, ensuring great urban design, increasing our community's education, engagement and advocacy and supporting Downtown's 21st century economy.

If you'd like to learn more about our mission for 2014, download a full copy of our 2014 Program of Work .

A strategic plan that cultivates a collective vision for Downtown's future, Downtown Dallas 360 is a true combination of public and private resources that embodies the can-do spirit of Dallas. With a commitment of dollars, time and other resources from a host of stakeholders vested in the success of Downtown, Downtown Dallas 360 plans to further advance Dallas-Fort Worth's overall regional vision by:

  • Addressing economic development, housing, public space, urban design, transit and parking.
  • Fostering a better, more integrated city by lowering auto-oriented land usage.
  • Focusing on a more diverse Downtown urban experience through increased housing options, the reuse of existing buildings and a more engaging pedestrian environment.


Adopted by the Dallas City Council in April 2011, you can view the Downtown Dallas 360 plan and its progress by visiting www.downtowndallas360.com .

From a resurgence of corporate relocations to residential, hotel and commercial development projects, CEOs, developers and small business owners are all finding value in having an address Downtown.

In fact, in May of 2012, Chief Executive's annual survey of CEOs ranked Texas as the best place to do business. With high scores in living environment, quality of workforce, and tax and regulatory environment, as well as proximity to important assets like DFW Airport, Love Field and the Inland Port, Downtown Dallas is considered an epicenter of domestic and international investment activity.

Did You Know?

Downtown Dallas currently has:

  • 135,000 employees in the Central Business District (CBD)
  • 7,800 residents in the CBD
  • 38,000 residents in Downtown Dallas
  • Over 315 restaurants and bars in Downtown Dallas
  • Over 170 shops in Downtown Dallas

The heart of every big city is its downtown and Dallas is no different. It wasn't all that long ago that downtown Dallas was frequented only by the people that worked in its impressive skyscrapers, but the now vibrant city center is in the midst of a true renaissance. Whether you want to check out an exciting nightclub, a 4-star restaurant or a dive bar for some live music, downtown has it all. Window-shop at the flagship Neiman Marcus, enjoy an al fresco beverage at Main Street Garden or admire the contrast between the classic architecture and the modern skyscrapers in the downtown skyline. For a birds-eye view of the city take an elevator to the top of Reunion Tower for one of the best views in town of one of the most beautiful skylines in the country.

Downtown Dallas is the Central Business District (CBD) in Dallas , Texas USA , located in the geographic center of the city. The area termed "Downtown" has traditionally been defined as bounded by the downtown freeway loop: bounded on the east by I-345 (although known and signed as the northern terminus of I-45 and the southern terminus of US 75 ( Central Expressway ), on the west by I-35E , on the south by I-30 , and on the north by Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway). The square miles, population and density figures in the table to the right represent the data for this traditional definition.

However, the strong organic growth of Downtown Dallas since the early 2000s and continuing into the present has now resulted in Downtown Dallas, Inc.'s expansion of the term "Downtown" to include the explosive growth occurring immediately north of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in the Victory Park and Uptown/Turtle Creek Districts as well as past Central Expressway to the east in the Deep Ellum and Bryan Place Districts, past Interstate 30 to the south with the Cedars District, and jumping over Interstate 35E to the west to include the Design District and Lower Oak Lawn. In total there are 15 districts that now form the definition of "Downtown".

In 2013 "Downtown Dallas" is now viewed as an interconnected grouping of dense and urban center city districts, that while unique in their own right, also share strong urban linkages to each other and collectively participate in their role as Downtown Dallas.

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