Hunt Asks: What Makes a "World-Class City"?
A short while ago, Hunt took to her blog to address those comments and the underlying belief that this city cannot be "world class" without such expensive baubles. Why oh why, she asks, do we chase after so hollow an appellation?
Does it reflect an expansive, visionary belief in the future of Dallas? A noble effort to create lasting landmarks so that our fair city may one day be considered in the same breath as London and Paris?Read the whole thing. Then get your souvenir coffee mug. Then fill it with beer you bought on a formerly dry side of town. And don't forget to tip your council members.
Or does it reveal a pathetic neediness to be noticed by foreign tourists and cited by visiting journalists? Or worse, is it an indictment of egotistical leadership intent on leaving their imprimatur on massive public projects, no matter the cost?
I think it's a little bit of all of that.
But most residents I talk with aren't really interested in being a "world-class city." They just want a great city to call home. Unfortunately, as we heard today, many city leaders dismiss that as too prosaic. They figure even if we could fix all the potholes, mow all the parks, address all the code complaints, pick up all the stray animals -- all of those things will just be forgotten in time. But an ornamental bridge, a convention center hotel, a big toll road -- those are lasting monuments.