The Fastest-Gentrifying Neighborhood in Dallas?

A co-working FrontBurnervian passes along this blog post from education think-tank Thomas E. Fordham Institute looking at the fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in the country.  The writer admits that it’s a crude look at the topic, since he’s basing it on ZIP codes and on the change in the white population in the area (when higher income levels would be more accurate).

Anyway, on his list, No. 8 in fact, is the Dallas ZIP code 75247, which saw its white population increase by about 28.3 percent between 2000 and 2010.  See for yourself where 75247 is.  Or I’ll tell you: it’s just west of Stemmons Freeway and is mostly industrial/warehouse land. Does anybody even live over there?

I looked at the numbers. In 2000, the total population was 254. In 2010, it was 468.

So I’m guessing that an apartment community got built within this ZIP, and that most of the residents of that apartment community are white.   Small numbers skew findings.

6 comments on “The Fastest-Gentrifying Neighborhood in Dallas?

  1. Pegasus Villas (the old “lincoln log” Mobil building) at Mockingbird/Stemmons is behind your mystery. Independent living for retired folk. Hardly the tastest-gentryfying area, but there are some nice elderly people living there.

  2. I would say Junius Heights in East Dallas. It has 800 Tudor and Craftsman homes and has Swiss Avenue to the North, Lakewood the the east and Munger Place to the west. It’s one of the few places you can still find something for less than $250,000 to $300,000 in 75214. This Old House Magazine took notice of it a few years ago when it became a historic district, calling it, “the best neighborhood for families to buy” – because of the schools.

  3. I thought perhaps they meant 75207 which is the design district. The white population there must have skyrocketed from 2007.

  4. Seriously though, what is the fastest-gentrifying neighborhood in Dallas? Junius Heights is good, but what about North Oak Cliff?

  5. @Elbert: I think this methodology – judging it by ZIP and by growth in white population – is flawed enough as to be meaningless. Interesting, but meaningless. If there were a simple way to get at income-level data, that’s what you’d want to use to figure it out (and to not be tied to using ZIPs, which can vary widely)

    That said, I had the same thought about North Oak Cliff, so I looked at it. There’s not been a significantly big increase in white population in 75208 from 2000 to 2010, according to the Census numbers.

  6. Gentrification is something associated with income. Why would anyone just look at the number of ‘white’ people? Being white does not equate to higher income. Couldn’t, for example, a predominantly poor latino area become gentrified by wealthier people of latin descent or by a mix of people in a higher tax bracket?