An Artistic Rendering of Dallas Neighborhoods

I first saw the map of Dallas neighborhoods at AIGA DFW's GOOD Ideas For Cities presentation at Lakewood Theater back in June. The silkscreen printed map had been donated for the event and propped up on a table for people to view. It was obvious that someone had spent a considerable amount of time on this map. You don't take on a project like this without having a serious passion for the city. I had to meet the guy behind this map.

David Harman met me at the Pearl Cup coffee shop on Henderson on a weekday afternoon. We talked a lot about Dallas and what makes it great and we mutually agreed it comes down to the people working to make Dallas better.

David was born and raised in Dallas. After graduating from the University of Dallas with a degree in painting, he moved to Deep Ellum to continue his work as a painter, and in Deep Ellum, he grew to love the city even more. David began creating a series of prints of historic buildings in Dallas. He started visiting new areas, meeting new people and discovering unknown, genuine neighborhood identities. He had stumbled into his next project, creating the first artistically rendered neighborhood map of the city. The map would outline all the neighborhoods within the Loop 12 boundary. When he came to a stopping point, he was surprised to find over 125 neighborhoods.

He started with the obvious neighborhoods - Downtown, Deep Ellum, Uptown, Turtle Creek, OakLawn, Greenville, and the like. As he started working his way in and around South Dallas, things weren't all that obvious where the neighborhood lines started and where they ended. Over the next 6 months, he would visit neighborhoods, talk with long time locals and spend time with local institutions like Preservation Dallas.

David says the map is not perfect and it never will be. A city's neighborhoods' will continue to evolve and re-evolve with the people who live in it.

The maps are on sale at Etsy, Dallas Museum of Art, Oil and Cotton, We Are 1976, {neighborhood}, and online at

David is now pursuing an MFA degree in Painting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and hopes to move back to the Big D once he is finished.

Dallas Map, David Harman

13 Responses to “An Artistic Rendering of Dallas Neighborhoods”

  1. Here's a link to his website:

  2. His work is amazing and SO beautiful! Plus he is a really nice guy.

  3. I am so glad this talented artist and terrific guy plans to come back to Dallas!

  4. great work!

  5. The map and artistry clearly shows David's commitment and dedication to the community. It's wonderful to see our beautiful city showcased in his art work.

  6. He is a talented painter with a true professional skills. It is a great step by him to come to DALLAS.

  7. I am so glad this talented artist and terrific guy plans to come back to Dallas!

  8. The process of living good and comfortable life is very difficult and tough. The skills are made sharp and for the satisfaction of life. The students of different age groups are enjoying the studies of various subjects and domains.

  9. I would by and by say yes there is most disobediently a Point to getting a degree in painting yet it is by no means important. The fact of the matter is that when you have a degree it shows to potential businesses/benefactors that you can challenge your self with a vital assignment and complete it. Likewise when you get a training in Painting you will in all likelihood have classes in world society and how it identifies with painting so you may discover a vocation that is not really putting paint to canvas but rather still figures out how to fulfill the greater part of your hobbies. The other enormous reason and likely the greatest is organizing. You get the chance to meet individuals who are all in your field and similarly invested, and the instructors you associate with are witticism likely experts in your field who still have contacts and work coming in.

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  11. Dallas is a first rate place to live, and thankfully Texas has outstanding highways, so great purchasing and dining are normally only a quick 15 minute power away.

  12. Great work dude! Keep it up with such amazing job!

  13. Neighborhood Watch can be something worth being thankful for in the event that it is appropriately sorted out and you have individuals who are really keen on making a difference. Extraordinary compared to other things about a decent Neighborhood Watch program is that the nearby police a dependable purpose of contact in the area to give data as well, for example, when wrongdoing investigation measurements indicate rising examples that undermine that specific neighborhood. A decent program ought to likewise get customary wrongdoing examination information for the particular group from their neighborhood law requirement agency....not just city or region-wide details. General wrongdoing anticipation tips ought to likewise be offered, especially regular updates like halting the mail for get-aways, clocks on lights, having family or companions cut your garden and move your vehicles around a short time you're no more.

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