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Dallas OVERVIEW
Dallas, the Big D, wears many hats—not just a 10-gallon one, either. Embracing a flotilla of personalities—one minute a business titan, the next a Southern belle; sometimes urban hipster, sometimes quirky Bohemian—Dallas easily toggles between them all. But the city is always fanatic about sports. The home of five-time Super Bowl champions the Dallas Cowboys, the area got a new billion-dollar stadium in Arlington in 2009. The Super Bowl is set to call in 2011. The Texas Rangers play at the ballpark next door. Visiting a city known for business and football, it might surprise you to discover a steadily growing constellation of star chefs and acclaimed eateries, the most shopping malls per capita in the U.S., and an assured and often cutting-edge cultural scene. Centered on Downtown’s Dallas Arts District, this 68-acre, 19-block culture magnet—the nation’s largest arts district—saw the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Winspear Opera House join the roster in 2009 and it’s getting ready ...See More for the new Annette Strauss Artist Square. The Park—a 5.2-acre deck park over the freeway—is set for completion in 2012. There are lively dining and nightlife scenes in Uptown and Downtown—the top Dallas restaurants and the best Dallas hotels are in these areas, but those wanting to leave the crowds behind should head for the hip haunts of Lower Greenville and the cafés and bistros of South Dallas’ Bishop Arts District. Many things are bigger in Dallas, that’s for sure, and one of them is the welcome. The city is fast-paced and the traffic can be horrendous, but underneath Downtown’s faceless skyscrapers you’ll find a light-hearted, big-hearted city. When you arrive in Dallas, you’ll find yourself heading to the Metroplex, short for “Metropolitan Complex”—a traffic-snarled patchwork that spreads over thousands of square miles. An amalgamation of Dallas, Fort Worth and a slew of lesser-known bergs (including Garland, Mesquite, Richardson and North Richland Hills), it is complex. And very, very big. To give you a sense of scale, DFW Airport alone takes up more space than the entire island of Manhattan. But with scale comes space; despite the 6.5 million folks living in the Metroplex, the area is the least-densely-populated metro area in the world. The diamond in the midst of all this urban sprawl is Dallas, eighth-largest city in the U.S.—in Texas, second only to Houston. See Less
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