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D/FW ranks 10th on rudest city list



    Welcome to Dallas, Now Leave

    by Bruce Felps

    Visitors to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis might be in for a rude awakening when they arrive for the Super Bowl next month.

    According to a survey recently published in Travel+Leisure magazine, our little slice of Heaven ranks as the 10th rudest city in the United States. Then again, since we are two cities, perhaps we’re really tied for 20th … or fifth, not sure which way that would go.

    Anyway, the magazine polled its readership to compile the rankings of the 35 rudest U.S. cities. Just by way of information, Los Angeles topped the list followed by New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, and Washington, D.C., in the top five. Houston, the only other Texas city listed, came in at 19.

    But back to us, because it’s all about us. The magazine’s readers didn’t much care for us. Survey respondents don’t want to join us for drinks, ranking the area 29th for cocktail hours; they found our music scene rather jejune, placing it next to last on the list even though the national acts play all these cities; and they said we’re nothing special to look at because we rank dead last on the list for people watching. Frankly, I don’t see it.

    A couple of readers who commented on the online section about D/FW called the place, respectively, “one of the most repulsive places on the planet,” and “a dump.”

    Now, that’s just rude.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is typically very polite, particularly after one of those lame happy hours.