The more than $30 million pending sale of The Dallas Morning News’historic building puts a spotlight on an area of downtown that’s been overlooked in recent years.
In the early 20th century, the southwest corner of downtown Dallas was one of the busiest sectors of the city. Thousands of people a year poured through the area in what was then the equivalent of DFW International Airport – the Union Station railway depot.
That’s one of the reasons The News picked the site on Young Street for its new building in the 1940s. The location was a Big D hot spot. But with the decline in rail traffic and increasing growth on the north side of downtown, by the 1970s the area was in decline.