A Cultural Revolution in Dallas

Dallas is putting its hopes on architecture and art to spur the city's cultural development.

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January 16, 2010, 5:00 AM PST

By Nate Berg


"Dallas has long been seen as a city (and metro area) rich with money but poor on quality of life. Downtown is full of colossal office buildings, huge parking garages and one-way streets that whisk office workers in and back out to the suburbs as efficiently as possible. But Dallas has always strived to be a world-class destination, and its leaders have looked to great architecture and art to make that a reality since 1890, when the city spent $300,000, then an outrageous sum, on a courthouse in the middle of downtown. It showed that Dallas was leaving its Wild West reputation behind.

Nowadays Big D has a collection of modern buildings by famous architects to rival that of any metropolis. Even so, this has been a monumental year for Dallas architecture."

This piece looks at the city's new performing arts complex, and the new football stadium in nearby Arlington as signs of Dallas' increasing attention to architecture.

Thanks to ArchNewsNow

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