Bishop Arts District
In Fall of 1984, Jim Lake, Sr ventured into the area that would later become known as the Bishop Arts District, and realized that the price for these run-down storefronts would allow him to purchase enough square footage to really make a difference in the community, and thus began Jim Lake Companies revolutionary involvement in the area.
With Jim’s investment, his properties slowly began coming back to life, with savvy business owners taking a risk on opening their concepts in a part of Dallas that has held a troubled reputation. The zoning change of 1999-2000, reducing the amount of required parking for retail spaces by half, allowed for much more growth and opportunity to flow in. Jim Lake Jr. became head of Jim Lake Companies in 1999, and became much more involved in the Bishop Arts District. This involvement led to Jim making improvements to the district that it is known for today: string lights, impeccable landscaping, walkable sidewalks and alleys, and the many murals. Since that time, Bishop Arts has become a staple of Oak Cliff and Dallas community as a whole. People travel from all over the metroplex (and country) to enjoy the famous restaurants, shop the quaint retailers, and attend the many wonderful events.
DART has announced that at the end of 2016 the Dallas Streetcar will extend to the Bishop Arts District, connecting it with downtown Dallas. With the completion of the Streetcar alongside the planned developments, Bishop Arts District will soon grow to make an even bigger mark in Dallas.