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Larry McMurtry Calls Dallas ‘Second-Rate’

There’s some good reading in the February Texas Monthly–on newsstands but not online yet–including several interesting takes on the state’s biggest cities. But one essay, by the estimable Larry McMurtry of Archer City, isn’t likely to be reprinted by the Dallas Regional Chamber. Writes McMurtry:

If I were to anatomize the six major cities more or less in order of urban merit, I would now put Houston first by a large margin: it’s a great city. Next would come Austin and Fort Worth. … Dallas I haven’t enjoyed since the sixties, when I could still scout books at the Harper’s big bookshop in Deep Ellum, where my son now often performs. Dallas is a second-rate city that wishes it were first-rate.

Ouch.

  • Adam Dixon

    Ironic someone banging out novels such as Streets of Laredo and Dead Man’s Walk while also living in Archer City would have the nerve to approach the subject of second rate.

  • Adam Dixon

    Ironic someone banging out such novels as Streets of Laredo and Dead Man’s Walk while also living in Archer City would have enough nerve to approach the subject of second rate.

  • Adam Dixon

    Iroonic someone banging out such novels as Streets of Laredo and Dead Man’s Walk while also living in Archer City has enough nerve to approach the subject of second rate

  • miz j

    Anyone who thinks Houston sucks based on their time outside the loop needs to come for another visit. The Orange Show, Beer Can House, Art Car Parade, Ninfa’s, Uchi, Feast, Hay Merchant, Discovery Green, Phoenicia Mkt, Fitzgerald’s, Miller Theater, Breakfast Klub, Vieng Thai and the list goes on. And that doesn’t include the museums, theatre, ballet, opera, symphony… Come on back for another visit. Skip the Galleria and being stuck at Aunt Jane’s place in Spring [or other ‘burb]. p.s. the reason women in Houston have such beautiful skin? the humidity :-)

  • Michael

    What have you written lately, pal?

  • kyndbrah

    i like both cities but i live in and prefer Dallas. Houston is a lot more expensive to live in the loop or the Heights and it just seems so much bigger and spread out than Dallas.