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Entry from June 25, 2008
Parkie (resident of Park Cities of Highland Park/University Park)

A “Parkie” (also lower-case “parkie") is a resident of the Park Cities—Highland Park and Overland Park. The name “Parkie” (sometimes representing affluent suburbanites) is often derogatory, but not always so.

The term “nauxparkie” (for a Dallas resident who wishes to live in the Park Cities) was entered into the Urban Dictionary in 2007, but has had sparse usage.


Wikipedia: Park Cities, Texas
Park Cities is a term commonly used in reference to two communities in Dallas County, Texas (USA) - the Town of Highland Park and the City of University Park. As of the 2000 census, the Park Cities had a population of 32,166 (though a July 1, 2005 estimate placed the population at 32,599).

The two municipalities, which are completely surrounded by the city of Dallas, are largely affluent and have some of the highest per capita incomes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the state of Texas.

Urban Dictionary
parkie
A person who lives in the park cities of dallas aka highland park or university park
Look at those rich parkies in their mercedes-benz & BMWs.
by w00tang Jul 30, 2005

Urban Dictionary
nauxparkie
A name for residents of Dallas, Texas who wish they lived in the high dollar Park Cities area so they have a habit of saying, “I live just outside Highland Park” or “I live near the Park Cities.”
That nauxparkie lives all the way out in Frisco but she said she lived near Highland Park.
by blog.peoplenewspapers.com Nov 28, 2007

22 April 1982, Park Cities People (Dallas, TX), pg. 2, col. 3:
When you ask the average Parkie what he thinks of a particular candidate, you usually get a reply like, “Well, he seems to be a good guy.”

Dallas (TX) Morning News
DIP INTO A DEDICATION, TAKE A TWIRL BY A GREAT DANCE FESTIVAL
Author: Robert Miller The Dallas Morning News
Publish Date: August 31, 1987
You’ve noticed the graceful three-tiered fountain with the round blue glazed-tile lower tier in Highland Park where Preston Road and Armstrong Parkway converge.

Unless you’re a Parkie, you might not be aware that the Ashley Horne Priddy Memorial Fountain, as it is called, has been sponsored by the Highland Park Quality of Life Foundation

25 September 1988, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “One hundred years ago, the Park Cities’ founders envisioned an oasis of gentility. Today, residents are living that dream,” by Bobbi Miller:
“They’re all Parkies,’ sighed Hall, owner of the popular Plaza Barber shop in University Park.

7 February 2001, Dallas (TX) Morning News:
He would join Justin Leonard, Mike Modano and a few other area sports celebs as “Parkies” - residents of Highland Park or University Park - if he buys in ...

Park Cities People blog - Overheard
PARKIES, THE COWBOYS, DALLAS AND ARLINGTON
Posted on May 23rd, 2007 3:59pm by Merritt Patterson
Filed under Local News
This Overheardian suggests that Parkies should give a flip about Arlington getting the Cowboys:...

Dallas (TX) Observer
Angela Hunt to Highland Park: Take Your Toll Road and Stick It
Fri Jun 06, 2008 at 04:56:53 PM
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COMMENTS:
RG says:
effin’ A man. Let’s us dallasites start charging not only Parkies but Planos, and Rowlettians, and also Friscant’s, and oh Garlandites...and especially Farmer’s Branchians and especially....ESPECIALLY...Arlingtones.

That oughta pay for everything we’ve gotten ourselves into lately.

eff HP.
Posted at: June 6, 2008 5:14 PM
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cp says:
This is awesome… it’s only been a matter of time before this came out. Heh. Elitist damn Parkies…

Sometime I think, I really need to move away from this god-forsaken place that is Dallas and head down to Austin-way.... then something like this comes along and makes me oh, so happy that I live here…

Go AHunt!
Posted at: June 6, 2008 5:26 PM
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Lifelong Resident says:
I am reading these comments throughly bemused. Such bile and venom spewed over some stupid ideas that were tossed out like yesterday’s garbage.

Yes there are idiots that live in the Park Cities (as there are in Dallas, Plano, Southlake etc...) - most of those who maintain that “Parkie” stereotype are posers anyway. And I hate that word.
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Posted at: June 7, 2008 12:37 PM

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