"Big Things Happen Here": Dallas Takes Another Stab at Selling Itself to Outside World

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Some relatively recent efforts to market the city of Dallas to would-be visitors may have mistakenly given the impression that we really don't want them here. (How else to explain this?).

But that's not really the case. The city does want visitors, along with the money they drop at its stores, hotels and restaurants. To prove it, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau has unveiled the logo you see above, along with a new tagline: "Big Things Happen Here."

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The old logo.
The new slogo will be deployed as part of a $5 million campaign to lure tourists, conventions and businesses to the city, per the Morning News.

It still plays to the tired "Everything is bigger in Texas" trope, but it feels like an improvement over the current iteration, "Live Large, Think Big," and the accompanying logo, which you see here.

Then again, has anyone in the history of city-visiting actually visited a city because of its slogan?


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86 comments
LandOfCrazyCrackers
LandOfCrazyCrackers

And what, pray tell, was wrong with their previous effort:

Dallas, it isn't just for rich, privileged white Republican assholes...but we'd prefer it that way.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

Maybe they should steal Toyota's idea "Dallas - It's A City!

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Dallas: Big Deal

 

People can translate it any way they want.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

How about "Dallas, the city that embarrasses its liberals"?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 Why is there a CVS in downtown, but it doesnt have a pharmacy?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

How bout, 

 

"Dallas, where the streets are more pockmarked than a drugged out hooker!"

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I've got another one:

 

"Dallas, you can drive to Hot Springs or Austin in 3 hours!"

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I got one:

 

"Dallas, where you can go to a sporting event (Rangers, Cowboys) and be berated for cheering-while the cocaine and boobjob crowd party, and suburban house frau's shop for overpriced shite!"

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Maybe we just need to extract the "Big" and the "Here".

 

Dallas: Things Happen.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Big political corruption scandals.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

DVCB, the city and entities had its chances way back when when Dallas was a destination city for conventions, but they screwed that up!  Why would somebody come here when you can go a plethora of other destinations?  We have no rivers, no mountains, we are latching on to Fort Worth' thing about being western........maybe the slogan(s) could be:

 

-"Best place to get drunk with a bunch of over +ssholes!"

-"The most expensive city with nothing to offer"

 

or how about.......

 

"Forth Worth is Over There!", replete with giant finger that points west. 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

rest assured they will keep spending millions on logos and slogans until they find the one that is just right.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Why does the "D" have a deformed star? Is that some Freudian subliminality?

WylieH
WylieH

Why did they search the 1980's for a logo?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Damn right big things happen here, lets see

 

1. killed a president

2. killed big tex

3. killed the largest Inland port in America

4.  Sent the Cowboys to Arlington

 

feel free to continue my list in reply

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@RTGolden1 - I wonder if "Dallas, It's A Big Fucking Deal!" would be an infringement on Joe Biden's copyright

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @albert.finney000 Eons ago, the Billboard outside Elko NV had a McDonald-esque counter proclaiming:

 

"Elko: ###,###,### People have never been here"

 

Could Dallas use something like that?

 

Dallas: 1 billion people regret coming here

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

supposed to be:

 

-"Best place to get drunk with overtanned and overteethed +ssholes!". 

 

ps-My boss is watching me, as I act LIKE I'm reviewing the TPS reports. I think he knows I'm on COA.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ChrisYu 

 

right on......they'll spend millions on logo's, legal and consultants, then abandon and throw the whole damn thing in the Trinity, ala The Standing Wave. 

 

ps-Maybe we could give some of that consultant money to Archie and Arthur, or maybe JWP can embezzle some of those funds?

Daniel
Daniel

 @WylieH 1995 called and wanted its logo back, so they had to hit up 1983 instead. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ScottsMerkin 

 

-killed the standing wave

-didn't lure the Rangers to downtown D

-refused to make Dallas a destination, therefore increasing Fort Worth's prowess

-built a complex for douchbags "Victory" that didn't come and spend money

 

 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@ScottsMerkin - " 1. killed a president". The city didn't kill Kennedy, A commie did.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@RTGolden1 - Yeah, but it's gotta be supportable, can we find this billion people? How about "Dallas, the city you love to hate" or "Dallas, we hate us as much as you do? That might even get some if that billion to come back.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@TheCredibleHulk - "Poughkeepsie, Gateway to Peekskill"?

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@TheCredibleHulk - Dallas has barely gotten over the embarrassment of having the nation's least-noticeable Occupy movement.

ceepee
ceepee

 @albert.finney000  @ScottsMerkin Yeah and that's why everyone called Dallas the "City of Hate" and not the "City With The Man Who Hated Kennedy".... Idiot. We have an image problem precisely because the world saw the CITY as what killed a president. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @albert.finney000  @ScottsMerkin did it happen within the city, yes, so just let me have my fun.  Its friday lighten, laugh, dance a jig drink a beer, I mean WTF, we are opening a park over freeway tomorrow

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @albert.finney000  

 

it is  "The Queen City of the Hudson River", and maybe, according to you, home of the leftists commies and the right wing storm troopers.........can you atleast bring Socialism, and/or an oligarchy into the conversation? 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@kergo1spaceship @albert.finney000 - Yeah, but some days the zoo is too crowded.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @albert.finney000  

 

and THANK GOD for that;  the last thing we needed was a cohesive movement with a bunch of out of work, stinky, dope smoking fruits; downtown smells bad enough! 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @TheCredibleHulk  

 

I prefer a black bean burrito over CFS and Meatloaf; Meatloaf is So 1978; and "me mom's" was a TERRIBLE cook.    

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @albert.finney000  

 

just saying, every comment has something about the left or right agenda; you know they are points in between, where a truer reality lies-right?  If I came in here and littered every comment with comments about tree's, wouldn't that be odd-or redundant? Sir. 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@ceepee @ScottsMerkin - Oh, I neglected to call you a moron, sorry.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@ceepee @ScottsMerkin - Because the left is pretty darned good at establishing narratives

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@iwearblack @kergo1spaceship @albert.finney000 - That of course evokes the Left Coast, and a new idea: "Dallas, The City With No Connection To Manson". That says family-friendly.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @albert.finney000  

 

The Stones didn't tell me anything.....neither did Jim Morrison, or Tim Hardin, Pete Seeger, Donovan or The Who; I'm not one of those weed smoking fruits that think rock lyrics are prophecy. 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@kergo1spaceship @albert.finney000 - No, a commie named Oswald did, the rest if the country wasn't even implicated, no matter what the Stones told you.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @albert.finney000  

 

Look, we all killed Kennedy, left, right, center-you name it......it was a violent and turbulent time.  But Dallas was a breeding ground for hate.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@kergo1spaceship - Yeah, it's kinda funny how that suggests Right-Wing Dallas effectively killed Kennedy when it was left-wing nuttery. Great propaganda job.

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