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The Near North describes an area north of Woodall Rodgers Freeway (TX 366 Spur) and east of I-45/U.S. 60. An agricultural fair (the Texas State Fair and Exposition) held in 1886 that competed with the official Dallas State Fair and Exposition (see DS91) brought attention to the northern edge of the city. The Kessler Plan of 1912 proposed a chain of parks along Turtle Creek that connected to the emerging developments of Highland Park. By the mid-twentieth century, Stemmons Freeway (I-35E) had attracted a concentration of businesses to the northwest of downtown, starting with the Dallas Market Center (DS49) and Infomart (see DS49) that linked to Parkland Hospital and Love Field airport. Elite residential areas filled in along Preston Road north of the area of Dallas known as Park Cities, and suburbia was drawn farther northwest by the NorthPark Center (DS73) and numerous corporate campuses.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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