In Texas, Dallas is known as the state’s capital of glitz. Texas’ third largest city’s local reputation for conspicuous consumption has become international too, ever since it became the setting for the 1980s’ flashiest soap opera.
This version of Dallas still lives on in Downtown’s glass towers, the designer shops of the Galleria mall and the sprawling houses of upscale Preston Hollow. But there’s more to Dallas - as home to a new Norman Foster designed opera house, Rem Koolhaas’ Wylie Theatre and a Museum of Art with a recently doubled contemporary art collection, the city is also a cultural hub. In neighbourhoods such as the old jazz and blues district of Deep Ellum and the art deco Bishop Arts District, there’s a grittier, artsy feel. Texas’ cowboy history is likewise never far below the surface. Rodeos in the suburb of Allen and country music shows at South Dallas’ Gilley’s bring in many visitors, as do the steak barbecues in the old stockyards of Dallas’ sister city, Fort Worth.