That block is not unique. The one where the older, humble Craftsman homes have been torn down and replaced with rectangular boxes painted like asphalt and stacked atop one another. They clash with their neighbors—until more of them are built, making all the holdouts look like the weirdos.

That block is in West Dallas. It’s in North Dallas. You can find it in Old Lake Highlands and over by Love Field. The designs might not always be so ultramodern, but they are definitely new. This is what happens in cities: property values of houses closer to the city core shoot up. Longtime residents buckle under the increasing property taxes, and they sell. What was old becomes something else. Sometimes a developer will build condos or townhomes if zoning allows it, often combining adjacent lots. Drive down Wycliff Avenue, near Harry Hines, and you’ll see just that. Or take a tour of Old East Dallas, below Fitzhugh. In other cases, developers can turn a profit on a new build of a single-family residence on a small lot.

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