Dallas is far from the best city in the U.S. when it comes to sustainability (that'd be Portland), and it's far from the worst (Mesa, Arizona, ranks 50th out of 50). Once again we're right in the middle on SustainLane's "complete report card on urban sustainability in America," perched at the No. 24 spot -- where Dallas sat back in '06. Hence, we're treading water -- "which may be enough to stay afloat," notes the study, "but it won’t bring the city any closer to the upper echelons of sustainability."
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Alas, we're building a greener city, right? Sort of: "There is some good news though -- the city is fighting the challenges presented by the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth 'Metroplex,' by expanding public transit and promoting inner-city living, which should improve air quality problems." Fort Worth comes in at No. 39, two spots above Arlington, where the Rangers keep reducing air quality one losing season at a time. --Robert Wilonsky