Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Over 20 years ago, a group of like-minded property owners north of downtown Dallas joined efforts to create a neighborhood unlike any that existed in Dallas at the time.

In 1993 they formed one of the first public improvement districts in the region to accomplish something none of them could do alone: If every property owner in this community would agree to pay a small additional tax—less than 2% of their current ad valorem tax bill—then exciting improvements could be made to an area that suffered from crime and a badly decaying infrastructure. The Uptown Public Improvement District (Uptown PID) was born to unlock extraordinary development potential and create Dallas’ first live-work-play community.

Today Uptown Dallas, Inc. the manager of the Uptown PID, has realized a remarkable transformation. With renewals of the PID in 2000, 2006 and 2013, these tax dollars have paid for the enhancement of public safety and security; the design and construction of public infrastructure improvements; the maintenance of common areas, lighting, pedestrian amenities and linkages that make Uptown one of the most desirable places in Dallas.

These improvements have led to the highest office rents and occupancies in the city and one of the best multifamily markets in the region in terms of occupancy, rental rates and overall desirability. The Uptown retail and restaurant business is thriving and among the most vibrant in the city.

Click here to view the Uptown PID boundaries. 

Capital Improvements

One of the major benefits provided by Uptown Dallas is the ability to use PID funds to leverage much larger city, state and federal funds. The McKinney Avenue street reconstruction, the McKinney Avenue Trolley and current Cedar Springs and Griggs Park improvement projects are just a few examples. The creation of these large-scale projects and maintenance of completed improvements wouldn’t happen without Uptown Dallas.

The Dallas municipal government simply does not have the financial capacity to maintain these upgraded improvements. Without dollars from the PID and Uptown Dallas, Uptown’s landscaped medians would not be sustained, graffiti would be much more prevalent, and streets and sidewalks would not be maintained to their current standard.
Public Safety

As a result of several Uptown Dallas initiatives, the crime rate has declined substantially since the creation of the PID. For over a decade Uptown has benefitted from the presence of additional off-duty Dallas police officers hired to supplement normal police service. Uptown now has 16 cameras that the Dallas Police Department monitors 24 hours a day. Uptown Dallas created and sponsors a residents council that helps owners and residents report crime, light outages and other safety and beautification concerns that occur within the district. Together these efforts achieve impressive results.


In the Dallas of 20 years ago, “Uptown” did not exist. Today the area has a widely known name replacing a variety of names from “the Vineyard” to “the McKinney Avenue Area” to part of “Oak Lawn”. From the beginning Uptown Dallas has promoted the name and continues to market the area through a website, social media, newsletters, public relations, events and more.


Katy slade

Gables Residential

john armstrong

Armstrong Berger

kevin hickman


Tony Page

Uptown Resident

Judson Pankey

Prescott Realty Group

Paula Peters

Uptown Resident

Joseph Pitchford

Crescent Real Estate Equities

neal sleeper

Cityplace Company
Uptown Resident

renaue thompson

Green Bank

mike turner

J. Elmer Turner

laura vanloh

Post Properties, Inc.

robert wright

Collett Southwest
Uptown Resident

Board Members

Robert Bagwell

R & D Urban Partners

Joel Behrens

Trammell Crow Company

Richard Brink

Uptown Resident

kellum Butts

Uptown Resident

Albert chapman

Abbvie, Inc. 
Uptown Resident

Phil Cobb

Cobb Companies

Kevin Curley

Utpown Resident

Kurt Day

MetLife Real Estate Investments

mark dickenson

Cushman & Wakefield

Bob Edmonson

Uptown Resident

Telemachus Evans

City of Dallas Office of Economic Development

Larry Good

Good Fulton Farrell

Kourtny Garrett

Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Tara Green 

Klyde Warren Park

thomas glendenning


Judy Smith Hearst

Friends of State-Thomas

Benji Homsey

Hotel ZaZa

Philip Kingston

Councilmember for District 14

Paula Lambert

Uptown Resident

Yolanda Lawson

Madewell Clinic
Uptown Resident

Noelle LeVeaux


holt lunsford

Holt Lunsford Commercial

Scott moore

Price Waterhouse Cooper

Zachary Porter

Uptown Resident

Pat Priest

Dallas Regional Chamber

Phil Puckett


Brian Ratner

Forest City Enterprises

Uptown Resident

James Reeder

Technology Enablers, Inc.

ace roman

Granite Properties

debbie ryan

Squire Patton Boggs

Scott Sherwood

JLB Partners

Cheryl Thompson

Uptown Resident

Missy Woehr

Briggs Freeman

Uptown Resident

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