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Dallas vs. Houston

By: Nina Kim, Intern

Dallas and Houston are both outstanding examples of America’s many centers of commerce and diversity. Both cities represent success and advancement in many sectors, from medical innovations to well-established sports teams to marvelously crafted art centers.

In Bragging Rights: The Dallas-Houston Rivalry, Carolyn Kneese, John DeMers and Lynn Ashby conduct an in-depth investigation of the growth in both Dallas and Houston through a series of interviews with leaders across many sectors within their respective cities.

BraggingRights_cvrBoth cities have developed in unique ways: flashback to 2000, a time when Dallas residents were donning loafers, drinking chardonnay and driving Volvos. Meanwhile, 240 miles to the south, Houstonians were sporting boots, hard hats and driving pickup trucks. While both cities enjoy and promote the Texas standard of hospitality, their trends could not be more different. Despite the proximity of Houston and Dallas, each has its own distinctive feel and style.

Dallas and Houston are both in the top ten highest populated cities in America. While Houston ranks as the fourth largest city in America, Dallas is only a few notches lower at ninth. In terms of population, the rights to brag are Houston’s!

One of the many things that Houston can pride itself on is the Texas Medical Center. Planned in the aftermath of World War II, the Texas Medical Center is the largest in the world. The Medical Center houses no fewer than fifty medical institutions and receives around 150,000 visitors on a daily basis. With an estimated 18,000 patients from other countries, Houston’s reputation as an international city is further solidified.

While Houston boasts its sprawling medical center, Dallas prides in its widely-known general surgery program and utilizes a variety of hospitals and medical centers. Dallas’ talented physicians are proud to practice in the capital of preventative medicine, a title earned after years of effort and studies.

Both cities aspired to create a more public show of culture and art, creating large art museums and performance halls. Houston shone in the theater department and is home to the most district theater seats outside of New York. However, Houston’s theaters were not the only attractions budding. The Houston Symphony has now begun its second century as a world-class symphony orchestra.

Dallas has also made strides in the arts. The Dallas Arts District’s urban revitalization has attracted millions of new visitors. The Dallas Museum of Art is also the first museum of scale in America to offer both free membership and admission. Buildings designed to perfection by Pritzker Prize-winning architects are more often found in the Dallas Arts District than any other neighborhood. Another point for Dallas is the Norman Foster’s Winspear Opera House, which was named the best in America by Opera magazine. The Dallas Theater Center also gained recognition, this time from First Lady Michelle Obama for Project Discovery.

So, which city do you think deserves the bragging rights in the rivalry? As a proud Houstonian, my vote goes to Houston. What about you?

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