Arlington Wants Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

City tax money helped pay for JerryWorld, but Big D still gets some of the national glory

By Kim Fischer
|  Monday, Sep 21, 2009  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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Arlington Wants Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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The Palace That's Not in Dallas.

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Arlington residents want everyone to know that the "palace" isn't exactly in Dallas.

Everyone watching Sunday night's broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game probably heard Cowboys Stadium described as the "Palace in Dallas" over and over again.

Yes, it rhymes. But Arlington residents were not impressed.

"I was a little shocked when I was walking through the room and I heard them say, 'the Palace in Dallas,' and I’m like, 'We're the taxpayers. We're the ones paying for it, so Arlington should be mentioned somewhere in it,'" Susan Holland said.

Former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene said he was downright shocked.

"That caused me to sit right up in the chair and almost reach for the phone," he said.

After the $325 million in tax dollars spent on the $1.15 billion stadium, a name mention is the least national broadcasters can do, Greene said.

He said it's important for the community to remind the national media that the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers play their home games in Arlington.

Greene said the city fought hard for recognition in the 1990s when the Rangers moved from the old Arlington Stadium into the newly built Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

He suggested that city leaders and even citizens call in and insist that Arlington "get the recognition that it deserves."

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