Cedars, Dallas

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Cedars
The Dallas Police Headquarters on Lamar Street
The Dallas Police Headquarters on Lamar Street
Location in Dallas
Location in Dallas
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Dallas
City Dallas
Area south
Elevation 423 ft (129 m)
ZIP code 75215
Area code(s) 214, 469, 972
References: [1]

The Cedars is a district in south Dallas Texas (USA). It is adjacent to and south of downtown and Interstate 30, east of Lamar Street, north of Corinth Street, and west of Harwood Street.

History[edit]

The Cedars was originally developed in the 1870s with moderately-priced homes, but by the late 19th century the neighborhood had become one of the premier destinations in Dallas, with stately Victorian homes belonging to wealthy businessmen, lawyers, and politicians dotting the streets. The Cedars was also the home of Dallas' Jewish community, and the neighborhood included the Shaareth Israel synagogue. (Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus fame was born in the Cedars.) By the early 20th century, however, light industry and growing population pressures had begun to take the bloom off the neighborhood's rose, and most of the city's wealthiest began to move further north to neighborhoods northeast of downtown. Even as industry, such as the Sears-Roebuck warehouse that now is home of the South Side on Lamar lofts, moved in, fine homes continued to be built, especially for well-to-do members of the Jewish community. But by the 1920s, the massive Victorians of the late 19th century were gone, the synagogue was demolished, and most people moved on. In the 1960s, virtually all of the remaining homes were destroyed by the city for highway projects. Today, only a scant handful of homes (perhaps as few as six) from the neighborhood's original residents survive, none in restored condition.

In addition to light industry, the area has been a haven for artists, musicians and urban dwellers for over 20 years. It has recently experienced the beginnings of an urban transformation with new townhomes, renovated warehouse lofts and apartments and developments such as DART's Cedars Station, the loft/retail development South Side on Lamar, the Dallas Police Headquarters, and entertainment venues Gilley's Dallas and Poor David's Pub.

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Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates the Region II Parole offices and the Dallas I and Dallas III district parole offices in the Cedars.[2]

Education[edit]

Public schools The Dallas Independent School District assigned the neighborhood to the following schools:

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Coordinates: 32°46′13″N 96°47′35″W / 32.7702°N 96.7931°W / 32.7702; -96.7931