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Is Dallas the Best Convention City in the Country?

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I can answer that question. The answer is the following: no. No, it is not. But we are one of 20 cities in the running in a readers’ poll being conducted by USA Today. I can also tell you that Indianapolis, which currently has the most votes, is not the best convention city in the country. I say this with confidence, even though I have never been to Indianapolis. Here’s why USA Today says Dallas deserves consideration:

With centrally-located DFW and Love Field both serving Dallas convention-goers, it couldn’t be easier to reach. Once you arrive, it’s affordable to get to the the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center,¬†which is more than capable of handling large events. Some attractions and nightlife options are nearby, while others — like House of Blues — are a mere cab ride away. Hotels and restaurants do, for the most part, require travel, but Dallas offers lots of great things to do after hours . . . including shopping at Neiman-Marcus’ flagship store, or eating Texas beef.

I have so many problems with that description, not the least of which are the superfluous hyphens in “centrally-located” and “Neiman-Marcus,” and the errant “n” in “Hutchinson.” But the worst part is the overall sales job. Who cares about affordability? If you’re headed to a convention, the company is paying! The House of Blues? That’s our selling point? And beef? Ugh. We might as well be Indianapolis.