50 Reasons We're Thankful to Live in Dallas

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Justin Terveen
Thanksgiving is almost here, Dallas. What are you thankful for?

1. Despite years of dedicated efforts by the city, we've yet to screw up the Trinity River so badly that it can't eventually become something really cool.

2. Craft coffee, urban farming, urban parks, cycling -- it's like living in Portland in the '90s without having to time-travel.

3. So far, the good Baptists among us have helped beat back semi-annual efforts to place a casino downtown. There's never yet been built a casino that doesn't shout sadness and tackiness.

4. Corruption at our City Hall is pretty easy to expose and generally involves fairly small amounts of theft, so it's more entertaining than chilling.

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Danny Hurley
Klyde Warren Park: Dallas did that one right.
5. You seldom have to wait much more than 40 minutes for a seat at a good restaurant on a weekend. Too bad about all the damn valets, though.

6. Klyde Warren Park at 10 p.m. on a Friday welcomes all comers, whether they're wearing $6,000 suits or $6 sweatpants. And there's pingpong.

7. The Dallas Arboretum on a fine spring day when the tulips are blooming and dozens of smiling brides are in their gowns getting photographs -- that's a happy, hopeful place.

8. We come down like hell's fury on animal abusers, and the region has several no-kill shelters and rescue groups for dogs, cats, even rabbits.

9. White Rock Lake is Dallas' Central Park, a 2-square-mile lake that is unlike any other urban park because it has been so wonderfully cared for -- dredged, maintained and watched over -- while also being neglected just the right amount, with cool little niches to explore that have never been civilized. Half city park, half hillbilly outback, White Rock is the perfect mirror to a city's soul.

10. A new exciting thing is opening in Deep Ellum every three minutes.

11. Our two coolest rock stars (still a sausage fest of a field) are both women: St. Vincent's Annie Clark and Sarah Jaffe.

12. We continue to be a major stopover for coast-to-coast touring bands as well as a spillover city for Austin festivals, so we get all the best music with far less of the crowds.

13. Our malls have better art than some cities' museums.

14. Half Price Books

15. We possess an equal number of fancy places/people and divey places/laid-back people.

16. We have a honky-tonk gay bar. Where Lady Gaga goes for fun.

17. Halloween on Swiss Avenue is a crazy thronging cultural mash-up, the American holiday meets Día de los Muertos, with thousands of costumed treat-seekers door-to-door along a broad avenue of elaborately decorated early 20th century mansions. There are wandering buskers and push-cart vendors in the streets, all of it jolly and sweet-tempered, a reminder that you're in two cultures at once and it's working.

18. For a place with no mountains, the mountain bike trails are pretty awesome.

19. We have a lesbian Latina sheriff, a black exonerating district attorney and a healthy Democratic Party. If you squint, you could almost believe we're not in the same state as Ted Cruz.

20. You can afford to buy a house (maybe) (OK, probably not) (maybe your parents could help with the down payment?).

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21. An insane and growing number of awesome patios, rooftop and otherwise.

22. The Double Wide. For last-stop YooHoo Yeehaws, really funny themed karaoke nights, and interesting bands I've never heard of but that almost always end up being great.

23. Fancy-ass hotels (and fancy-ass hotel bars).

24. If not for us, the Miami Heat would already have a threepeat.

25. Two airports.

The next 25 reasons are on the next page.

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77 comments
Somebody
Somebody

This article is garbage.  Hypocritical, degrading and gives Dallas a bad image.  You actually write for the Observer?

Walmartnottheonlyone
Walmartnottheonlyone

If the double wide is on your list of 50 best things in your town - god damn are you in trouble.

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

Number 19 is nothing to be proud of - lol

Threeboys
Threeboys

No mention of the State Fair?

do_nativityscene
do_nativityscene

You naive "progressive" white-guilt hipster libtards do realize that Portlandia is the WHITEST (omg gasp) major city in the country, right? It's even whiter than Salt Lake City. I thought you diversitards were opposed to white-majority places since that's the major complaint you assholes have about Frisco and Plano, etc.

It sure is easy to be super "progressive" in the whitest city in the country.

WarrenPeace
WarrenPeace

8. We come down like hell's fury on animal abusers not really true I've called DPD to report a neighbor beating his dog I was told it's his dog he can do what he want's to it.

As far as claiming your relatives I'm happy that has been your experience but you are one of the lucky ones.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

very nice, Unfairs. replace #50 with 'we can claim The Relatives as our own'. Happy Thanksgiving. 

ahimsan
ahimsan

Loved it.  But this and this together doesn't work:

8. We come down like hell's fury on animal abusers, and the region has several no-kill shelters and rescue groups for dogs, cats, even rabbits.

35. We have a fun and supportive food scene in which some of the most respected chefs in the country will get together and compete in something called Meat Fight, put on by the city's crassest smartass, and raise $50,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

jeez
jeez

the trinitiy river is no 1. the sewer and holder of dead bodies.........

wolmedweightloss
wolmedweightloss

I think you was even short on the description i love Dallas to live and Dallas Downtown is so BEAUTIFUL! i think is a GREAT City.

d.andrew.jones
d.andrew.jones

LOLZ! Keep trying to convince yourself that the violent crime stats, road rage stats, child pedestrians killed by vehicle stats, poverty stats, obesity stats, uninsured motorists aren't real. You call it thankful. I call it delusional.

griffmurray
griffmurray

You should have included the distinctive skyline.  Every big city in the us has big buildings downtown, but how many skylines can you recognize from any direction?  Only Dallas has that.

jan-shaffer
jan-shaffer

3. So far, the good Baptists among us have helped beat back semi-annual efforts to place a casino downtown. There's never yet been built a casino that doesn't shout sadness and tackiness.

Edit this to include But the Baptists have managed to build a church that looks like a tacky casino. 

rroyb
rroyb

Do not agree with #4.  The corruption at city hall hurts our city tremendously and adversely affects the lives of 1000s of honest, hardworking, folks everyday.  It's can be as simple as a sandwich shop that has it's opening held up for months because the owner won't or can't payoff the person doing the fire inspection.  On a grander scale, think about the 1000s of jobs and economic activity that the inland port would have created.

dallastexans
dallastexans

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take off No. 50. I've lived in both Houston and Dallas and Houston is obsessed with bashing Dallas. 

Leave that to them. We don't do that here. Let's keep it that way.

CorMan
CorMan

Let's make a list of suggestions to replace #50, because it's kinda snarky.

I'll go first:
50)  Fort Worth's art scene and western flair and Arlington's sports arenas and Six Flags are the perfect foil to Dallas' attributes....

or

50)  Justin Terveen for being the magician with the camera!

CorMan
CorMan

What a great, fun list you've compiled! ... except that last one. Houston is a great city in its own right and we need not bash it to celebrate our own fair city. I have spent many a weekend there with friends and family and it's been great. Only once have I had someone there berate me for hailing from Dallas. It was their loss because they don't get to know me. Ha.


jamessavik
jamessavik

Because it is NOT Jackson, MS. And Half Priced Books.

rubberduky
rubberduky

I have to agree with most of the above stuff. I was born and raised in ( COUGH ) Houston, and did love it from 72- to about 2005. And watched H town go to shit steadily. And going back in time to 1990 when I graduated high school I went to Dallas for the summer to visit some friends and remembering how cool and modern Dallas was and thought I would like to move their someday. Well fast forward to 2010 and got the chance of a lifetime with a job transfer and have never looked back. If someone asked me to choose between Houston and Dallas I would pick Dallas every time. I love Dallas and all it;s quirky-ness and plan on dying ( oops meant, ) retiring here.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

#51 Dallas press hasn't learned there is actually funky cool life outside of Dallas so they ignore us and we stay hidden in plain sight.

biffstur
biffstur

It was great until the last one..."We're not in Houston."  I've lived in both, and I appreciate the uniqueness of both.  I also loath some things about each.  That being said one thing that always struck me about Houston is how their press and marketing folks all seem to be so preoccupied with comparisons to Dallas.  I never remembered the same about Dallas.  And then you go and blow it.  

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Thank you for including the greatness of Dirk. He is truly singular in the pantheon of our sports heros.

xineprogers
xineprogers

Joe, love and agree with everything in this, except for 30, 35 and 36 due only to their omission. This is especially nice to read coming from someone like you who recently moved here from a place you loved.

RoscoeJ.
RoscoeJ.

Because we don't care what Plano thinks and we like to freak out people in Frisco.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It is pretty white when I go there every summer. It's still a very cool city. The racial makeup is as irrelevant as the gays in San Francisco or the potheads in Denver. A cool city is a cool city.

notmadeomoney
notmadeomoney

@ahimsan My family always stuffs a rabbit inside of a cat inside of a dog for our Thanksgiving meal

BikerPup
BikerPup

@jeez 
Its true.  I ride my ATB/Mountain bike down there inside the levies and joke with friends when I take them up the river past downtown when they ask what we are going to see. I'll list a few things and include maybe a dead body.  Then it happened up near the 183 Cutoff bridge.  No joke. A corpse had been flung off of the bridge wrapped in trash bags.
Dallas is such an awfully nice place.

kgregorymua
kgregorymua

@d.andrew.jones It's a great city DESPITE what you listed and I'm sure the author could have written 50 more great reasons to live here. It's not harping on the negative but celebrating the positive. Have a wonderful day sir.

robbbbb
robbbbb

@CorMan this is about Dallas, not Arlington or Fort Worth. 

I think the hardest thing for people from Dallas to understand is how to distinguish between three major cities, dozens of miles apart.

chestnutj46
chestnutj46

@CorMan how about "the texas state fair' or "fair park- an amazing architectural gem"


TexMarine
TexMarine

@joshWAH If this wasn't your first swim through the DO comments, you'd know better.

cwi4691
cwi4691

@RoscoeJ. 

How about because Plano isn't in Dallas and Frisco is not even in Dallas County. You have to stretch the term "exurb" quite a bit to include those places as representative of Dallas or Dallas life. One could argue that anything outside of 635 isn't Dallas and make a pretty good case that anything outside PGWB may not even be in Texas. :-)


dingo
dingo

@P1Gunter

"The racial makeup is irrelevant"

Racial makeup generally serves as a factor in educational attainment percentage which drives economic productivity which drives tax base.

This is revelatory?


ruddski
ruddski

But when I cite one of the safest states, that has no real gun laws, folks tell me it's because of the racial makeup.Confusing.

dingo
dingo

@mavdog @dingo  

>the "achievement gap" exists. the question is the primary contributing factor. you say it is race...

I said no such thing.

I said it serves as a factor: The educational achievement gap between races exists, therefore race is a factor in educational achievement. Its not complicated.

Hop on board the reality train sometime there pal.

dingo
dingo

@P1Gunter @dingo @mavdog  

Facts are facts. The achievement gap exists in education. 

I go to all parts of the city and  sometimes am the company of mostly African Americans at night in parts you would not venture during the day time my friend (think dead man's curve) so kindly keep you assumptions to yourself and stick to the facts if you want to stay relevant.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@dingo @mavdog Dingo, I am going to guess you're an older white male and are either afraid to drive down Samuell Blvd. or has no idea where it is. Believe it or not, there is an entire generation of us that don't care out of "white guilt" but because we realize that no one chooses their skin color and it is completely irrelevant to future behavior.

I'm not sure poverty is the best metric ever, but it is pretty clear to anyone without bias that skin color is not the reason people do shit. Admittedly their are cultural idiosyncracies between races (I've dated both a Mexican and a black girl) but eventually you both learn to laugh at them. Black culture is no more bizarre than the goth kid in high school. We're all just people and I feel no guilt about being white. I didn't enslave anyone or steal Texas from Mexico. They're just people, and I hope that some day you will understand that.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo

do you understand the info in the link you posted? doesn't seem to be the case.

the "achievement gap" exists. the question is the primary contributing factor. you say it is race, the facts say this is wrong. if it were racial, similar gaps would exist in the higher income groups as the lower, and that is not the case.

from what you linked: "poverty often acts as a confounding factor and differences that are assumed to arise from racial/cultural factors may be socioeconomically driven".

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo

I'll correct your phrase for you:

Income levels generally serves as a factor in educational attainment percentage

you're using a false association. it's not racial makeup determining attainment. 

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