Dallas, Plano, Irving Make Top Cities List

Arlington, Fort Worth snubbed

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Sep 22, 2011  |  Updated 12:07 PM CDT
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Dallas, Plano, Irving Make Top Cities List

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by Bruce Felps

Weighing factors such as air quality, median household incomes, and violent crime rates, Bloomberg-Businessweek just released its list of “America’s 50 Best Cities.”

Not overly surprising, Dallas and Plano made the top 50 cut, numbers 42 and 11, respectively. Dallas, according to the write-up, might have ranked even higher had it not been for our relatively crappy air quality, so thank you, Joe Barton.

Plano came in at No. 11 because, I guess, the editors really like semi-pristine cookie cutter residential districts— as opposed to neighborhoods. Just look at the picture.

It seems puzzling, though, that Irving bested Fort Worth and Arlington, which were shut out.

Nothing against Irving. Las Colinas is nice enough for a corporate center and home to at least a half-dozen heavy-hitters, but the city lacks anything close to Sundance Square, West 7th, a professional sports team— in fact, it’s minus one — or major amusement attractions. Sheesh, it has only five bars in the entire town.

C’mon back, Bloomberg boys and girls, and let someone show you around Fort Worth. Apparently you missed it last trip.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He grows increasingly weary of lists, Mr. Boss-Man. Just sayin’.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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