Southpoint Dr, Dallas
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"Southpoint Drive-The Illusion of Suburbia Within City Walls"
Southpoint is one of several short, curved virtual-clone roads (quaintly referred to as 'courts', 'drives', 'circles', 'lanes') networked into an attempt a sort of 'almost-upper-class-yet-still-neighborly' sense of itself. Though greenery DOES make a semi-shady appearance, still, lanes are more likely to be named after shrubbery than 'lined' by it. In fact, the great majority of canopy is found strategically 'screening' the disturbingly similar 'South-Western' style homes (complete with the ubiquitous late model vehicle). Mixed messages like these leave their slightly schizophrenic impression on the neighborhood in general. The lack of community activities/spirit here is simply a magnified image of the couple who hangs Norman Rockwell prints in the bathroom, but has never met their own neighbors. It's an ugly tug-of-war between block-party inclusion nostalgia and exclusionary strategies of the upwardly mobile.
Though winding avenues with just-sufficient shade trees, moderate traffic, and hypnotically similar red-tiled architecture seem pleasant enough for a quiet stroll, this is not a bright idea. The seclusion that this little suburbia offers is illusory. The quiet only lasts a few minutes, late model vehicles tend to take curvy lanes quickly, and drivers distracted with cellular phones often don't notice their own neighbor in the middle of the street…especially if they’ve NEVER seen you. Look both ways...several times.
A major culprit behind the strange neighborhood philosophy is the very literal 'box' in which it is located. In point of fact, the 'island' is entirely hemmed in by ‘the big city’ in the form of four of Dallas' more massive traffic ways. Preston Rd and Hillcrest form Western and Eastern borders, respectively, Arapaho guards the Southern flank and huge Campbell Rd shuts the Northern lid tight.
So, yes, it IS close to bus lines but no one who can afford to live here takes the bus. These giant thoroughfares guarantee that groceries are easily accessible, there's always a gas station when you need one, restaurants of all description can be found in all four directions, physicians abound, schools and parks and cinemas and nightclubs and hotels can be reached within minutes.
There’s NO REASON to stay home. That’s the problem.