Dallas' New Tourism Video Makes Me Think I Should Leave the House More Often

It's not quite as sexy as the last one, but LOOK AT THAT FANCY BRIDGE LET'S MOVE THERE.

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clintonku
clintonku

Jesus, I'm from Houston and I don't have half as many bad things to say about Dallas as some of you do. I grew up hating this city, and dismissing it. But now that I live here I know it's pretty great. It's growing and new things are always happening. That's exciting! I don't know what some of you expect out of a city. It's a city, and when they get this big they're all basically the same with some pros and cons.


Your "here we are, now entertain us" attitude is not representative of what this city is doing and who lives here. Get out, have some fun, and stop bitching.

nickherron78
nickherron78

Born and raised in Dallas. Grew up in Garland from the age of 5 to 27. Obviously been to Dallas many times and knew many people who lived in Dallas. I absolutely LOVE Dallas. Moved to Chicago burbs for 3 years. Moved back to Garland for 4 years, now live in northern Milwaukee suburb. I have seen many cultures, people, and weather extremes. I really truly believe Dallas is a great big city. Before we left in '12, I noticed the downtown skyline getting more and more impressive when driving South on 35 towards downtown. I really still miss Dallas. Part of the problem for me is the religion which is extreme and obviously the scorching summers. Awful! No matter what northerners say, I would take 0° over 110° any day. Dallas isn't Chicago. It obviously isn't new York, but it is a great diverse city with great Mexican and even Italian foods. You can get anything in Dallas. I hate it when people only think that we talk in country accents and wear 10 gallon hats. Never met one person like this. It's a stupid stereotype!

kennytowle
kennytowle

Where is the piano in the video.

darin_bryant
darin_bryant

I was born and raised in Dallas and y'all know dang good and well this video does not represent what Dallas is like! Sure it looks pretty on Video but y'all know it's a lie! Go downtown for the night yeah really ? Not a chance ! They really made that video out to be a spectacular thing. Oh Six Flags Arlington really that place has went way down hill nothing like it was in 1988 or 1992. Just saying I'm gonna keep it real I was born raised lived there most of my life and all people that say why don't you move I did! I live In a small town up north of Dallas now my mom still lives in Dallas and I visit often but it's still Dallas. Most of the street names have changed now instead of willow lake drive it's now pop a cap in you but blvd. or instead of first street it's duck and run avenue !!

Hdz10
Hdz10

Too many ignorant comments, my city is beautiful although I like traveling to other places like most people it's nice to get out and explore other cities as well, by no means is it saying move here, Dallas may not be the best, but there's no place like home, as for the uptown comments that's the best place to hang out for the younger adults great patios and bars to hang out, with other people who want to socialize the concerts events, a lot happens year round but to each his own, everyone normally just wants to move away from where their from and get out of town every once in awhile which Is understandable, that's why you travel or if it's so bad leave.

MissJena
MissJena

Some very hateful comments. Uptown douchebags? I'm pretty positive every city in America has at least one douchebag. My husband and I love the city of Dallas and actually raise our kids in the city.... Not the burbs. My son goes to various learning activities several times a week: the Perot, zoo, arboretum, aquarium & zoo, rides the trolley and who needs a back yard with Klyde Warren Park? No we don't have Houston's beach, but we don't have their humidity or hurricanes either.

And I've about had it with the term $30,000 millionaires. You mean you can live well on $30,000 in Dallas and that is supposed to be a bad thing? It doesn't cost $1000 a sqft to buy a home so a young urban professional can afford to lease a BMW 3 series while renting in the thriving uptown area with locally owned and celebrated restaurants with great patios and better bars?

jazzymonk
jazzymonk

Good video...Moved here a few years ago, and have explored everything in the video in less than a year and a half. (Including major travel/exploration throughout the state)  Took the advice of Dallas locals, who seem to constantly suggest places to eat, drink or shop to the point that my eyes begin to glaze over.  Yes, the economy is solid.  Yes, the big, beautiful home prices are cheaper (until you add-on property taxes-$300+/mth, insurance -$1,200+/yr, summer utility bills-$400-500 a month, etc…sometimes it seems many people here are waving a bright colored flag displaying the words, "Look at what i've got!" After living in several places around the United States, I now realize that everything isn't for everybody.  Some feel that D-Town is the best place on earth, some don't..and i can understand both sides.  Its all about whats important to each person.  I still haven't found a true culture of the city. My observations and mentality of many people here that I've witnessed have proven that ultimately, Dallas is good for the mostly conservative, traditional "familyville" lifestyle including: Working, buying the " big dream home"/fancy car/minivan, raise the kids (lots of nannies working here), and eat out/drink.  After that, I don't know what's left because, in my opinion, there's only approximately 3-5 months out of the year to comfortably participate in outdoor activities as the heat/dew points can drain the heck outta you, and the costs of running the a/c in the summer will drain your pockets in those huge, beautiful dream homes.  I've moved onto hopping flights from the great DFW/DAL airports to more scenic, lively, great-weather places to visit around the country/world.  I've done the parks, orchestra's, museums, zoo's, etc. all over the "Metroplex".  I've also realized that there will never be mountains, hills,  or a beach here in D-Town.  The chewing gum (Dallas) has some flavor, but has lost its pop….just my experience.  There's lots of pluses/minuses about this place you can argue, but, I guess all chapters must come to a close.  All in all, Its been a great adventure Dallas! :0)  

acruzn
acruzn

just don't leave your house in the summer.

spenceralanbrown89
spenceralanbrown89

As someone from neither city, but from Texas.. Check out Houston. Dallas is great, no doubt an American top 15 city all factors considered... but Houston.. its cleaner, friendlier, greener, more laidback, better shopping, and a beach.. it may be a chocolate milk beach.. but a beach no less.. and natural palm trees.

CorMan
CorMan

Dallas/Fort Worth is home and it's great being in a city that is evolving and not stagnating. I've been in the area most of my life, but I've lived in Illinois and California, too as well as traveling much of the US and some of the world. The world is filled with amazing places and I never grow tired of seeing them. That said, it's nice to return home to an area that is vibrant and evolving. 

I've read some of the snarky comments from both people in other cities and a few locals and one on the YouTube page for the video and I don't understand it. The guy on the YouTube page used to live here and has over 160+ friends here and still denigrates it. I wonder how those friends would feel about it. I know that I don't need to knock any other places- other places have their merits for sure. This is the home of a lot of good folks- if they don't like it, then don't come. Everything isn't for everybody.  Most every city has its charms and its drawbacks. 

The video is a snapshot of Dallas with some nice visuals, some factoids set to music. DFW is a sprawling place and there is a lot to do here and see here. Get to know it and you'll see why its growing. With the growth brings more diversity... and people here are happier because of its economy and its affordability , relative to many other cities. The growth rate here is due to jobs and a business climate that is appealing. It's an easy place to live... and it is as limiting as you let it be and as delightful as you let it be.

msgibbs
msgibbs

It appears that most of the people that have left comments hate Dallas or don't live here which brings up a couple of questions.  One if you hate it so bad here, why are you here and if you don't live here, why are you so interested in what is happenig here that you read The Observer?

ChrisWatson
ChrisWatson

In reality you know there are plenty of daddy's boy/girl & 20k millionaire's. Sorry Dallas, but the best city's that are actually doing it bigger then us AUSTIN oh and did I mention FT.Worth. Omy, you know something is going on if FT.Worth is building bigger and better. Early 90's WEST END & Deep Ellum that was our only tourist attraction that we had now were stucked with JFK's monument. WTH, am I going to do with that? Been living here for 27 years and I have never in my life been there. Anyways, awesome video. Only truth thing on there is for business owners.

eduardo.1.2
eduardo.1.2

Man, the Dallas Observer really hates this bridge, doesn't it? 

Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

Holy shit! Overground Project?! That was a surprise. Especially after the countless times I and my friends were treated like scum for skateboarding Downtown.

luis.barbero1
luis.barbero1

Dallas is great but would be better without the uptown and addison douchebags! I live in Dallas for 7 years and although I have much love for it, there still isn't much to do. Everything in the video is ok ban call all be seen in one day. One thing I lave about being back at the beach cities in So. California is that there is always something to do and it will take you years to see everything. Yes, It is expensive. Because it is worth it. And the weather.... Sorry but Dallas weather sucks rhino balls! And the fake millionaires..... Dont get me started. Hey, look at me. I live in a huge mansion, I am balling. Yes, you paid less that I paid for my garage in LA.  

EliotLandrum
EliotLandrum

@darin_bryant Have you been downtown in the past couple of years? You might be surprised that a lot of folks are enjoying Main Street, Arts District, and Deep Ellum again. 

Ttuutt
Ttuutt

Houston is an oil city. All sprawl dirty and no transit. To hot and humid, yes dallas is also. Houston does have a few nice neighborhoods. Dallas is full of parks promotes real urban living and can get by with very little driving depending on where you live of course.

Ttuutt
Ttuutt

Fort Worth is just way to small. Can't go somewhere and not run into the same 5 exes. I lived there for 5 years and been in Dallas for 1. I didn't meet a new person in Fort Worth the past year that I was there. Hey to each their own.

bit.trollent
bit.trollent

@ChrisWatson Dallas has plenty of problems but Austin is not the answer.

If I want to listen to a bunch of pretentious d-bags drone on about how their city is so unpretentious and cool I'll go to Austin.. Not a bad way to spend a weekend, but I'm always happy to leave those Portlandia wannabees in my rearview mirror as I drive back to Dallas Sunday afternoon.

jrleahy16
jrleahy16

@eduardo.1.2 I hate that bridge to. A literal bridge to nowhere. I frequently work in Austin and Houston and have never needed that bridge. 

rmrailroad2011
rmrailroad2011

Yes and all the earthquakes, wild fires, mudslides, bad housing and economy in California are better??! Fake millionaires?? Where are the KARDASHIANS living again??! Shut up.

jenL.
jenL.

@luis.barbero1 Addison is not Dallas, Addison is a city of its own just like Plano, Garland, Mesquite, Richardson and surrounding cities around it.


I do agree with you on the part where there's always something to do in pretty much every other city besides here. 

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

Everytime I hear someone say there is nothing to do here they always end up saying "like going to the beach" So really, what you mean is there is no beach here.  Ok...Exactly what else can't you do here that you can do other places?  I'm sure if you were from Denver you'd say there are no Mountains here.  Please do elaborate on what there isn't to do here? 

As if in other parts of the country people are doing all these new and exciting things that we "folks" just aren't aware of. 

darin_bryant
darin_bryant

It's been three years ! I left and said I would not go back I was not gonna take my family down there with all that! It was bad! I hear it's improved !! I really loved Dallas at one time but hopefully it's improved over the last three years! Three years ago it was pretty rough

LovingPerson
LovingPerson

@jrleahy16 @eduardo.1.2 The bridge is very tacky/ugly but t is very useful to people living in the Bishop Arts area and has opened development for the area just north of that. It's only a bridge to nowhere for YOU. I use it a lot and so does everyone at my work (Dallas Methodist Hospital).

nathan_mclain
nathan_mclain

If you actually did drive over the bridge you would see that it's not a bridge to nowhere.

CorMan
CorMan

The bridge design, love it or hate it, is by world-renown starchitect Santiago Calatrava. I happen to love it. 

The bridge makes possible for West Dallas to begin to evolve and opens the way to an urban renewal. The city won't end at the Trinity. Uptown has over the last 20 years. If you didn't know 'Uptown' (part of Oak Lawn on the city charter) was very different before the Crescent became the catalyst for a metamorphosis from old frame houses to a dynamic neighborhood of homes and businesses.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/north-south-dallas-project/editorials/20130412-editorial-hope-blooms-at-west-end-of-dallas-margaret-hunt-hill-bridge.ece

luis.barbero1
luis.barbero1

@rmrailroad2011 Funny you mention the Kardashians. Although they are uber douchbags. They also are real millionaires. It's a fact. Check Forbes list. The funny part is everone in uptown and Addison tries to be a Kardashian. How lame can you be? These are written facts man. Dallas is known as the home of the 30k a year millionaires.

jenL.
jenL.

@dallas_dude What there isn't to do... go out hike, explore, bond with nature because of the pollution/weather. Community things that doesn't require paying a hefty amount of money or anything.(ATX) Going to the beach like you just said up there.. Walk down the street to find a LOCAL restaurant vs. restaurants that are corporately owned, take a stroll downtown and find various treasures and knickknacks instead of businesses. Chinatown that's actually a town instead of just a shopping center, Little Italy that's actually again a town instead of various Italian restaurants, -- Cultural aspects that could enrich young minds are all not here in Dallas.  Yes we do have a lot, however it's if you're willing to pay as oppose to other cities exploring and having fun is relatively cheap if not free.

andythomasttu
andythomasttu

@dallas_dude As cliche as this may be to say it really is relative. We lack culture in Texas...after spending the last month touring the NE US and Canada I've realized this. In my opinion, everything here seems pretentious and man made. Montreal has Mont Royal Park, Boston has the Common and Freedom Trail, New York has...well c'mon it's New York. I could go on but you get the idea... What do we have in Dallas? A couple contemporary art museums, an abandoned book depository and the Margaret Hunt Bridge?

I judge a city by their hostels. When world travelers vacation they tend to stay in hostels (more so than Americans anyway) and we don't have any true hostels in Dallas...why? because people from Europe or Australia aren't dying to come to Dallas. 

If you live in Ohio or Iowa Dallas might seem like a nice place to visit...but to anyone else what's the draw?

Ttuutt
Ttuutt

The suburbs are more dangerous than down town. In fact downtown is quickly becoming the most expencive place in the city. And it is the safest. I live in a midrise on Maine across from the coamerica tower and I can say it is quiet fun and peaceful. I moved here from Fort Worth and enjoy it here much more.

pak152
pak152

@darin_bryant well you're missing out. I moved away in 1988, just returned last summer after 16  years in virginia. Been back for visits off and on between 88 and 2013. 


you don't know what you're missing

Dallasite
Dallasite

@darin_bryant  You're talking a lot of crap for someone who's been gone 3 years.. 


I've lived all over the country and this is the best city I've ever lived in.  I've been here 8 yrs and I'll never move.

bit.trollent
bit.trollent

@luis.barbero1 @bit.trollent

It's clear that you wannabe a terrible person..

rmrailroad2011 didn't say that the Kardashians were fake millionaires, just that fake millionaire-itis is rampant in LA. Look at you bragging like an absolute d-bag a few posts up. Because of you two, I've now written the word "Kardashian" more times today than I want to for the rest of my life.

If someone mentions that Kardashians live in my city, I just take the insult and move on - but you have to fawn over their place in the Forbes list.

I don't think anyone as obnoxious as you should tell anyone else how to behave. You don't know what people make, while you throw that $30k millionaire label at them. How could you possibly know how much money random strangers make?

Seriously, I am so glad you moved to L.A.

You act like the people in uptown an Addison are the problem, but it's clear from your posts that you are always the biggest douchebag in the room.

luis.barbero1
luis.barbero1

@bit.trollent If you had the ability to read properly, you would understand what I said. I never said everybody. And I never said I was impressed by the Kardashians bank account. How much of a moron are you that you can't comprehend what I have written. I said that by defenition, they are millionaires. 30k a year douchebags are not! So don't act like it.  LA does not suck, It's the LA wannabes that suck. Hence this video. Reason it sucks.. It's trying to be something it is not much like the uptown and Addison culture. 

bit.trollent
bit.trollent

@luis.barbero1 @rmrailroad2011 

LOL @ you being  impressed by the Kardashians' bank account.


The funny thing is, that you've taken it upon yourself to remind everyone of exactly how and why L.A. people suck.


The $30k millionaire term gets thrown around alot, but six figures goes alot further around Dallas than it does around LA.

 I'm sure that label applies to some people, but I have a feeling more often than not it's petty jealousy. You don't have to be a millionaire to live well here, and everyone living well isn't pretending to be a millionaire.

J_A_
J_A_

We have a Little Italy in Dallas? Did you mean Jimmy's?

alexporras2005
alexporras2005

@luis.barbero1 @dallas_dude 

Just because you had a bad experience it doesn't make it a bad city!!, every city has its style, Dallas will never be like LA or NY and they will never be like Dallas!...

alexporras2005
alexporras2005

@dallas_dude 

Amen to that!! I keep myself busy and always have something to do! Dallas has so much, if you really want to do something, you will find it!!

CorMan
CorMan

@andythomasttu ..Would you not say that most American cities lack hostels? It's just not a thing in the US. You're correct that US cities in the NE have such amenities. Dallas is a much younger city and we lack natural beauty, so much of what you see is, yes, man-made. Most of what is wonderful about NYC is man made except Central Park. We do have White Rock Lake and the Trinity Forest which is being developed and will be one of the worlds largest urban parks. (btw, the abandoned book depository houses a great museum that is a tribute to JFK and its location is historical due-sadly- to the assassination... it is historically protected and not allowed to be changed).

Dallas' prominence is largely from cotton and oil- business. Business brings people. People make cities. It isn't ever going to be NY nor Boston. It is what is is.

DFW has world class museums, sports, flourishing economy and a moderate climate (especially in winter) and it's easily accessible by car and more so by air. Its central locations puts it within 3-4 hours of most any major city in North America.

jamesjodi
jamesjodi

@luis.barbero1 sounds like you were in Dallas in what, the '80's?  You can buy a drink on Sunday?  wth?


jamesjodi
jamesjodi

@luis.barbero1 @dallas_dude you get out and are well-known.  enough said.  thanks.


luis.barbero1
luis.barbero1

@dallas_dude  Like I said.. You could do that all in one day. what do you do with the other 364 days?

Of course I get out and am well known in the Dallas scene. I am man enough to use my real name. Check me out if you like. I have no hate for Dallas but I  am also realistic. I simply said that since I moved back to my beach cities in LA, I remembered how much more there is to do. We can surf and ski in the same day here for Christ sakes. Can you really compare your art meseums to the Getty? Really? I bike miles along the beach looking homes, sunbathers, bars, restaurants, etc. I can get a slice of pizza at Midnight! I can buy a drink on Sundays! Doesn't take much of a brain to realize these bigger cities have more. Enjoy Dallas for what it is.

luis.barbero1
luis.barbero1

@dallas_dude Jobs and opportunity? Are you insane? That's why I had to move out of Dallas. Like I said. I like Dallas. I enjoyed living there but it is idiotic to compare it to LA or NY? You are comparing everything  Dallas has to what these cities have in just one square mile. Be yourself Dallas and stop trying to be us! 

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

Dallas-Fort Worth = Fastest growing region in the country.  FACT

As my mother always said, only boring people are bored. 

Do you even leave your home?  Lets see in the last month I went to the state fair twice, went to a stars game, mavs game, rodeo, went to the sundance square opening this weekend, went to a fall festival...wasn't there a TMS race this past weekend?  Pretty sure I went to casa mana last month and the eismen center month before.  Bass Hall, Perot museum, Kimble and Amon Carter (world renowned museums) ....

Bottome line, there are like 7 million in DFW.  If you can't find something to do then that's on you.  You want a hiking trail right in the middle of down town?  Try driving out to Glen Rose and see the hiking trails and nature reserve.  You might have to go more than a mile to find entertainment.  Have you been to white rock lake on a fall evening and walked the entire lake...beautiful. 

All these people are moving here to start lives in a beautiful city with jobs, good schools, and opportunity. 

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