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Grantland’s Charles Pierce Incorrectly Labels Arlington as the Ground Zero of the ‘Latest Collapse of the American Economy’

I like Charles Pierce. You might even say I love Charles Pierce. He’s one of the finest journalists in the country, bouncing from politics to sports with little hesitation or brake. That’s why it was so jarring to read this in his otherwise wonderful Cotton Bowl piece on Grantland:

Cowboys Stadium is a spectacle all on its own, looming above the Walmarts and brake-and-lube joints, the empty luxury housing developments and huge, blank-staring abandoned office parks, and all the rest of the essential archaeology of the latest collapse of the American economy, for which the area in and around Arlington, Texas, looks like ground zero. It is what’s left there, after the ambulances go, as Dylan would say. It is not, in any case, where the Cotton Bowl game belongs.

Is Arlington pretty? No, it’s not. But to make it sound like some sort of Cormac McCarthy crater dotted with Exxons and cheap groceries and full of wandering, job-hungry zombies is disingenuous.

  • Steve Zimmerman

    Hey I also wish the game weren’t in Arlington, but has he seen the area around Fair Park?

  • CitizenNCityOfD

    B. Pearson, do you think you or C. Pierce is more capable of clearly thinking and writing about Arlington?

  • BradfordPearson

    Oh Pierce, of course. I just think he misfired on this one.

  • gimmethewooby

    Not to mention this bunch of inaccuracies: “The actual Cotton Bowl still stands, in downtown Dallas, on the grounds of the annual Texas State Fair.” Stopped reading right there.

  • gimmethewooby

    I have Exposition Park has always been great and continues to improve with the addition of Craft and Growler. DART’s Green Line takes you right up to the entrance.

  • gimmethewooby

    I have. Exposition Park has always been great and continues to improve with the addition of Craft and Growler. DART’s Green Line takes you right up to the entrance.

  • Steve Zimmerman

    I love Fair Park and am a State-Prophet-Millennium-Direct Hit-Club No vet of long standing. My point is that if Pierce thinks that Arlington is economically depressed he hasn’t seen the areas around Fair Park, which have been impoverished for decades.

  • Steve Zimmerman

    I love Fair Park and am a State-Bar of Soap-Millennium-Direct Hit-Club No vet of long standing. My point is that if Pierce thinks that Arlington is economically depressed he hasn’t seen the areas around Fair Park, which have been impoverished for decades.

  • Edward

    It’s ludicrous to say that anything in Texas is “ground zero” for “the latest collapse of the American economy”.

    Texas might suck in a lot of ways, but it escaped the worst of the economic collapse, by far.

  • CSP

    You mean that hack of a journalist exaggerated the facts to help make a point yet again?

    Shocker.

    (I’ve learned that seeing Pierce’s name on a Grantland piece is a sign to move on to the next piece unless I really want to see left-wing hackery force-fed into what should be an ideologically-free piece.)

  • gimmethewooby

    Fair enough. I think if Jerry could have been talked to building his Death Star at Fair Park it might have spurred some progress. But we’ll never know.

  • Hannibal Lecter

    Yeah! Just look at all that high-end development that went up around Texas Stadium over the 30 years it was there!