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Old 09-05-2013, 12:58 AM
 
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I would challenge anyone to spend a day in old East Dallas and say it isn't diverse. May not be exactly what some want as it really has a great range of economic diversity, educational opportunities and racial diversity. Really diverse set of hole in the wall food joints of many ethnicities. Many times this diversity is on the same street. Drive up Fitzhugh, to Near Central then drive one block east. Go to the Target there, or just drive up Gaston. Just look around at the restaurants and people walking. Go even further up north to the Skillman/NW Highway area and do the same. Unlike anything else in DFW. You'll even see little old ladies wearing rice paddy hats working the community gardens there.

But I think the OP is wanting racial diversity in an affluent area. I would simply say, President George Bush Turnpike corridor from 183 in the west to about HWY 78 in north Garland. Many racially diverse middle class areas and upper middle to straight up Wealthy areas along that corridor. Irving, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, West Plano, Far North Dallas, Richardson, North Garland.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:27 AM
 
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multiracial and my wife is Mexican American.
I live in central Plano, I'm white but my wife is Mexican American, and no one has ever said a thing. Our next door neighbors are white wife and Indian husband, and if they've experienced prejudice, they've never mentioned it to us. The only thing they mention negative (also lived in the Bay area for a while as the main comparison) is the summer heat and the bugs.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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I just moved here and I see tons of diversity..in fact much more than I thought!!! I was the only indian kid in my high school, and it was lily white (I guess southlake -ish)..I never once felt out of place, or the "token" diversity person. But the schools were smaller and we still lived close enough to the "diversity" to still do the indian traditions and stuff.

Now that I am raising the third generation....I am floored at how much diversity there is here. The quote on 25 percent being foreign born seems almost too low!!!
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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I would challenge anyone to spend a day in old East Dallas and say it isn't diverse. May not be exactly what some want as it really has a great range of economic diversity, educational opportunities and racial diversity. Really diverse set of hole in the wall food joints of many ethnicities. Many times this diversity is on the same street. Drive up Fitzhugh, to Near Central then drive one block east. Go to the Target there, or just drive up Gaston. Just look around at the restaurants and people walking. Go even further up north to the Skillman/NW Highway area and do the same. Unlike anything else in DFW. You'll even see little old ladies wearing rice paddy hats working the community gardens there.

But I think the OP is wanting racial diversity in an affluent area. I would simply say, President George Bush Turnpike corridor from 183 in the west to about HWY 78 in north Garland. Many racially diverse middle class areas and upper middle to straight up Wealthy areas along that corridor. Irving, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, West Plano, Far North Dallas, Richardson, North Garland.

You will see everything in the world on Gaston! And yes there are some very affluent people living in grand old homes mixed in with the apartments. However the older apartment buildings (these are compact, not the large suburban "garden" complexes) are being redone and demolished. With so much money going into Lakewood Shopping Center and the area in general, I imagine many of those 'rougher' ones will be gone in a few years.

BTW, one of those I know on Gaston is an HPISD teacher who sends her children to the East Dallas public schools.

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Old 09-05-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Irving, TX
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Peter Lemenjello more or less nailed the diversity situation. The OP should probably go live in Plano with the other Californians. Irving is diverse racially, but also culturally and socially as well, and would be an exceptionally poor fit even in Las Colinas.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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Diversity isn't just skin color. I send my kids to GCISD and it's pretty darn white but Grapevine's proximity to the airport puts kids from all over the world in my kids' schools. I don't know how that stacks up to other areas of Dallas but it's a heck of a lot more diverse than the 50% white / 50% black rural Georgia town we came from.
I also noted that Carroll has almost no socioeconomic diversity, and although there's a fair number of transplants in Carroll (as there are everywhere in DFW), it's not exactly kids from all over the world there with wildly varying backgrounds and worldviews. GCISD is also quite white but has a bit more ethnic diversity AND more socioeconomic diversity. Of course, as I've noted before, at some point it almost becomes a game of check the box and "we want 'diversity' but not TOO much as too many people from 'the wrong side of the tracks' means the school metrics go down, yaddayaddayadda".

Also, I'm married to a woman who speaks fluent Greek because her parents, who only had elementary school educations, came to the US from Greece when they were in their 20's (they were pretty much "just off the boat" when she was born), so I'm well aware that there's a LOT more to "diversity" than just skin color. As an aside, I'll note that the Metroplex has all of 3 Greek Orthodox churches while Chicagoland (where we moved from) has...20? 30? So, make of that one data point what you will.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Someone please point me to the area in DFW where Orthadox Jews, hillbilllies, and country club golfers live next to one another because I'd like to see it.
I've seen all three in Melshire Estates (75230).
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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I've seen all three in Melshire Estates (75230).
Just looked it up - that zipcode is Royal & Hilcrest area. Hillbillies really? I've never seen any one even remotely resembling a hillbilly around there.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:27 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Just looked it up - that zipcode is Royal & Hilcrest area. Hillbillies really? I've never seen any one even remotely resembling a hillbilly around there.
You haven't met my parents' neighbors.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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I've seen all of them in one house!
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