Gentrification of The Bishop Arts District

The Bishop Arts District is a place that attracts a lot of buzz in the north Oak Cliff region of Dallas, Texas. This Arts District is home to over sixty independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and art galleries. This is a unique neighborhood in the Dallas metroplex that separates itself from the cookie-cutter/average “united way of thinking”. It is safe to infer that the united way of thinking in based off of traditionalist and conservative ideals. The Bishop Arts District is not home to commercialized big business. This region of Oak Cliff has successfully used the tactics of  gentrification to separate a group of the citizens in this region of Dallas based on class, level of intelligence, and income. Appointed government officials have been gradually redistricting the Bishop Arts District to cater to the hip/liberal mindset of the people who inhabit that area. If you analyze the journey of the Bishop Arts District through certain lenses you can easily acknowledge that this area is metaphorically  sitting on the fire creating boiling a melting pot of assimilation in this ever changing/evolving. These redistricting tactics keeps the government from attaining to the needs of all areas that they directly/indirectly influence.

Over time the Dallas City Council has adopted new maps of the redistricted city of Dallas moderately. The city strategically gentrified portions of the city to subtly assist in the process of cutting ties from the non-active parts from the city. Cutting these regional ties subsequently disenfranchised districts of the city that have no idea as to how to assert a consistent political attitude to advocate for the people that occupy their neighborhood. You must conclude that this only happens because there are a large group of non voters who are unaware of what’s going on to even attempt to decided what they should push for. In the city of Dallas, anything south of the Trinity River is not booming like its northern counterparts because people of color have been annihilated by the liberal/conservative side effects of politics, and uncontrollable disadvantages. Some could call it the railroad track curse. There is just something about the southern region on Oak Cliff that essentially keeps this area from growing and failing to dispel/mitigate the true/false undesirable allegations. The Bishop Arts District was a place that afforded liberals of Dallas to construct a place that’s transparent enough for people from a variety of walks of life that can be thought of to come together and inhibit an area. An environment that usually filled will self-expression economic freedom, and attempt to keep a colorless feel. This district also has its trendy phases that may or may not have a direct influence in the growth and anchors that keeps this city evolving.

If liberals could make the majority see things as colorless and everyone was down to pay taxes for social reform they would rule this law of the land. This government assistance begins to tread the slippery slope that is Socialism. The areas south of Trinity River should somehow break their “curse of the railroad” This unlucky stepsister region should just simply realize that there is an abundant amount of potential in the vast amount of land.If appropriately taken care of, potential invests should realize the economic opportunity available in both parts(North and South Oakcliff) of this region could attract a variety of economic and social advancement.

The Bishop Arts District is an environment in the Dallas Metroplex that positively contributes to society in a conservative state like Texas.One must also recognize that this town was also built at the cost of businesses and symptoms of gentrification. The irony of it all is that the element of surprise slowly starts to escape once you actually put the pieces to the puzzle together. People of Color are usually the ones left behind and/or put to risk to because of a lack of being allowed by this government to support their economic stability, and ignorance. I believe that without a doubt that if more funding, attention, and attempts to rehabilitate areas south of the Trinity River on a consistent basis that there could be some booming arts District. The playing field is unequal based on the mere existence of implicit bias. Although institutional racism, gentrification, implicit bias, segregation, and this goes on and on exists the more unlevel the field will become. The best way the odds work in your favor is to become educated, become politically active, and be aware. This way you will always be truly free to soar in this world.

We created a virtual flyer for this project. In order to do something different, we thought it’d be cool to create a vintage style postcard from the Bishop Arts District, showing our journey through time.

The front of the postcard/flyer is below:


The back of the postcard/flyer is below:

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We also created a video of our visit to the B.A. and interviewed some of its business owners and local business employees. You can view our video here:

-Destiny Modeste & Austin Carey




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