On the Road in Dallas

Staff photographer Art Meripol just got back from a whirlwind trip to Dallas, in which he spent time snapping the trendy Design District. Here, he shares the experience through his iPhone lens complete with cool filters and insider tips for visiting the neighborhood. 

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

I love suspension bridges. In the last decade many old bridges have been replaced with modern ones like this one—the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. It was the first of three planned bridges designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

This is the first coffee house to move into the area. The coffee was superb, and they use a $20,000 espresso machine! Make sure to check the place out at night too when Ascension Coffee serves wine and small plates.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

This giant painted burger was outside of Off-Site Kitchen on Irving Boulevard.  The juxtaposition of scale with the Mini Cooper was perfect serendipity.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

Inside, the real burgers were awesome—juicy and made with beef that is ground-up on site. I love the retro soda cans.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

These guitars are actually works of art hanging at Dunbar Studios. The artist, Amanda Dunbar, buys stock instruments—including violins, cellos, and mandolins—and decorates them to spectacular effect. A number of name musicians (ahem Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas) and collectors buy them.

Follow Art (@ameripol) on Instagram to see more of his pics from around the South.  


  1. Bill Chance

    Great shots. I used to tell people that Dallas is a better place to live than to visit – but in the last few years it has become much more diverse, cosmopolitan, and interesting. I love the emergence of new parts of the city: Arts District, Bishop Arts, Southside, Exposition… and many more. The Design District is one I don’t know too much about – going to have to give it a visit (and try that Espresso).

    Thanks for sharing.

    January 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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