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Old 02-14-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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I am considering a job in Lewisville, TX. We are a young couple relocating from Philadelphia and would like to live somewhere urban and walkable. I understand I would have to commute and I am willing to do about 30-45 minute drive each day. What would be possible areas for us to live and what would it be like to live close to Lewisville?
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Best I can come up with for your situation is Las Colinas (which has a rail station you can take into Dallas for more weekend urban fun or its a pretty short drive to the Bishop Arts District) Las Colinas is a section of Irving that has a very large apartment community and is trying hard to be trendy/urban. It has some shops and such, but is far from a real urban environment. Best thing is that it is close to Lewisville and the general population is young professionals.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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You can make it from Uptown Dallas (75204 - very urban & walkable) to Lewisville in about 30-35 minutes via I-35. That is to 121 & 35 so add minutes from there if the office is further afield.

Moderator cut: see comment Uptown is pretty much the only walkable, dense neighborhood in the Dallas area, and it's pretty great!

Last edited by BstYet2Be; 02-14-2012 at 06:08 PM.. Reason: Per TOS, our opinions on a location or issue are just that, opinions. Highly subjective, personal preferences.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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You can make it from Uptown Dallas (75204 - very urban & walkable) to Lewisville in about 30-35 minutes via I-35. That is to 121 & 35 so add minutes from there if the office is further afield.

Moderator cut: see comment Uptown is pretty much the only walkable, dense neighborhood in the Dallas area, and it's pretty great!

^^^^^^^^^^ This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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Old 02-14-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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I'm gonna go with Uptown/Oak Lawn/Turtle Creek for that situation. I think Lisa Douglas would find Lewisville only slightly better than Hooterville.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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Uptown is suburbia-lite. Dallas is suburban-ville, USA...Welcome to the land of provincialism...
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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You're not going to want to be walking anywhere in a few months when the heat returns.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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The drive on I-35 between Lewisville and uptown Dallas is, imo, practically soul-crushing during typicaly commuting hours. Granted, you'd be going in the opposite direction to most traffic. Out of the city in the morning, and back into the city in the evening. But nevertheless, it is hard to escape wall-to-wall traffic that proceeds at a snail's pace between Lewisville and Dallas during typical commuting hours. Just so you know ...

And that's not even venturing into all the massive highway construction we've been experiencing.
635, I-35, Hwy 114, Hwy 121/International Parkway (leading into the southern reaches of Lewisville), and until recently Woodall Rogers Freeway, ALL under heavy construction that slows traffic further. I wouldn't volunteer for that.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:08 AM
 
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The drive on I-35 between Lewisville and uptown Dallas is, imo, practically soul-crushing during typicaly commuting hours. Granted, you'd be going in the opposite direction to most traffic. Out of the city in the morning, and back into the city in the evening. But nevertheless, it is hard to escape wall-to-wall traffic that proceeds at a snail's pace between Lewisville and Dallas during typical commuting hours. Just so you know ...

And that's not even venturing into all the massive highway construction we've been experiencing.
635, I-35, Hwy 114, Hwy 121/International Parkway (leading into the southern reaches of Lewisville), and until recently Woodall Rogers Freeway, ALL under heavy construction that slows traffic further. I wouldn't volunteer for that.
100% agree! There are actually nice apartments around Lewisville....but it is very, very suburban......mall, chain restaurants, familyville to the max.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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As others have pointed out, the Dallas metroplex is not known to be very walkable. Uptown is great. It's probably our best walkable community, and it's urban-ish. But, in general, the Dallas metroplex has routinely received poor ratings for walkability.

There are small sections of some suburbs that are 'walkable,' but they're suburbs, for sure. Not urban. There's a small section of Southlake, TX (about 20 minutes from Lewisville, and not much traffic) that's designed to be walkable. It's right beside a beautiful outdoor shopping center (Southlake Town Square), a Central Market (groceries and whole foods for foodies), lots of restaurants, and a movie theater, etc. I don't think there are any detached homes there -- just very cute looking townhomes and apartments. Also, no 'culture' to speak of -- museums, plays, concert halls, etc that you'd normally find in cities. So you'd be driving into Dallas or Fort Worth for those events.

There are several similar areas in Plano, TX. Again, a suburb, not urban. Cute townhomes and apartments, shopping 'villages,' grocery markets, theaters, restaurants, etc. The 'walkable' areas are pretty much all between the 121 Toll Road to the north and George Bush Tollway to the south, and along the Dallas North Tollway. There's a little community around Legacy and the Dallas North Tollway that has been rated above average for walking in reviews that I've read over the years. I drive there from my community to go to restaurants and the awesome Angelika theater. There are also lots of shops. It is NOT an urban community, and it's definitely not sprawling in walkability. It's a small community that is walkable day-to-day. There are other similarly small, supposedly 'walkable' communities as you go south along the Dallas North Tollway towards George Bush Hwy, to the left and right. Hwy 121 Toll and George Bush Toll are your north and south boundaries for the areas I'm aware of. Again, no 'culture.' The museums and concert halls are in the major cities (Dallas and Fort Worth), for the most part.

Basically, though these small areas are designed to be walkable, they don't compare to actually being downtown. (Or, in the case of Dallas, Uptown -- which is quite charming and very walkable!)

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