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Dallas neighborhood profile: Deep Ellum

Street art in Deep Ellum.

Street art in Deep Ellum.Deep Ellum has a long history of being Dallas’ destination for alternative and creative culture. In recent years, the neighborhood has struggled with crime and violence issues, which hopefully will not become defining long-term characteristics.

Nonetheless, Deep Ellum remains a charming and eclectic place to live, with reasonable rents, a funky vibe, and plenty of good bars and restaurants. The music and restaurant scene here peaked in the 1990s, but some reopenings of favorite clubs and venues are planned. The area is sometimes compared to more artsy and laid-back Austin, Texas.

Apartment wise, there are plenty of modern lofts and condos to choose from in the area. There are also converted industrial buildings that are now loft-style apartments.

During a typical weekend in Deep Ellum you might enjoy:

Shop at local businesses: There are lots of small locally-owned stores to check out, and the neighborhood is known for its handcrafts and art products.

In season, visit an outdoor market: Products include arts and crafts and local produce.

See a show: Musical entertainment is easy to come by at one of many clubs, which feature everything from rockabilly to punk.

Grab some grub: Top area restaurants include Twisted Root Burger Co., Local, Café Brazil or Cowboy Chow.

Check out local street art: Colorful graffiti and unofficial murals abound.

Visit a bakery: The Zen Bakery is known for its peaceful and delicious treats.

Look for a new apartment. Find Deep Ellum listings among the choices on RENTCafe’s Dallas apartments.

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  • Nice post on Deep Ellum, but your sense of the crime problem is more myth than fact. If you check the Dallas crime stats for Deep Ellum versus a host of other more prominent neighborhoods, our neighborhood is tremendously safer. We hear of folks all the time who have heard that Deep Ellum has roving gangs, or rampant crime, and we just laugh. So will the Dallas Police. Deep Ellum’s crime reputation is completely overblown and inaccurate. On the residential end of things, we are constantly at or near capacity because people love living here. It is an organically grown, genuine walking neighborhood devoid of corporate pretension. I am the president of the Deep Ellum Community Association, and our volunteers are building a Deep Ellum Urban Garden, we have a great Bark Park for dogs, and we have an active community here of residents, businesses, and many other volunteers who simply love Deep Ellum. It is very easy to get involved with this neighborhood, and to get to know your neighbors. To get a sense of what is going on here, check out the neighborhood Facebook page (www.facebook.com/deepellum) or the neighborhood website (www.deepellumtexas.com).