Koreatown in Dallas gains statewide designation

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a resolution Tuesday that grants a statewide designation for Koreatown Dallas for 10 years. The resolution, filed by state Rep. Rafael Anchía and its companion, which was filed by state Sen. Tan Parker, passed unanimously in both chambers earlier this month.

The state recognition will allow for signage on the highway and designations for cultural arts, Anchía has said.

“Dallas has one of the largest Korean communities in America. Their hard work has made Koreatown an important economic engine for our city. This designation officially recognizes that work by the State of Texas and builds upon the positive momentum of this neighborhood,” Anchía said in a written statement Wednesday.

Anchía’s office will work with the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce, Dallas city officials and the Texas Department of Transportation for highway signage.

Koreatown started growing in the 1980s in northwest Dallas as Korean wholesale businesses owners moved into the area. The area saw an influx of Korean-owned stores and restaurants in the 1990s and 2000s. Some, however, have said the growth of Dallas Koreatown has slowed down in recent years with the development of Korean American enclaves in Carrollton and other North Texas cities.

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‘A dream fulfilled’: Koreatown in northwest Dallas gains statewide designation