For over a century, La Bajada was defined by its separateness from the center of Dallas, held apart by massive, earthen levees. As the community grew, this lack of connection encouraged a strong internal cohesion and a tightly-knit community. In the decades following their annexation in 1952, La Bajada residents demanded to be a part of the city not just in name, but in amenities, sharing in benefits, advocating for services, and continuing to grow local institutions. Upon the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in March, 2012, Dallas turned its eyes to La Bajada, a cohesive community with a strong history of advocacy in the face of external pressures.

Neighborhood Stories: La Bajada was filmed in Fall 2012 and first screened in the community on November 17, 2012. For photos of the event, visit:

To view a copy of the La Bajada e-book, visit:

The Neighborhood Stories program seeks to strengthen awareness of different neighborhoods in Dallas, celebrating the diverse places that give it character. For more information, please visit: or email:

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