In case you needed to be reminded of this: "Dallas is the jewel in the crown of the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth Metroplex." Really. Says so right here. Not that it means much; hey, I don't know what SustainLane is either, except it's a Web site dealing with "sustainable living," and I got nothing there either. (Has something to do with air quality, tap-water quality, mass transit availability, "green economy"--ya know, stuff.) But SustainLane's 2006 US City Rankings are in, and Dallas fares OK in the survey, coming in at No. 24 nationally--behind Austin (No. 14) and San Antonio (No. 21) but well ahead of Houston, which sits down there at No. 39. (And screw you, Fort Worth, or "No. 46," as we're now gonna call ya.) Here's the Dallas entry, which is titled "Taking the Bull By the Horns." An excerpt, for those who can't stand pastel charts and graphs.
"The largest of the three cities, Dallas prides itself on being the hippest and most sophisticated city in North Texas. It has the best restaurants, best music scene, and most ethnically diverse population, and it's the economic engine driving the region. Moreover, it is the most sustainable of the three cities based on our criteria.
But Dallas isn't content to be a big fish in the big state of Texas. The city is taking steps to be more competitive with all of the 50 major US cities we ranked, and has developed a comprehensive plan called Forward Dallas! outlining its strategies."
In short: Oy. I like the one "community comment" better, from Dr. R. Lynn Markle. Thinking of hiring the doc to write for Unfair Park. --Robert Wilonsky