perception_01 April Allen ignored the warning of her first real estate agent and moved to Oak Cliff. photo by Elizabeth Lavin

9. Black in Dallas: The May issue of D featured this story about why young African-American professionals are reluctant to move to Dallas—even when it could be a great career move.

"At a time of striking growth among the black population in the Dallas area, the city still suffers from an image problem among black professionals who perceive other cities—Atlanta; Chicago; or Washington, D.C.—as being more friendly to blacks.

'Dallas is a tough sell,' says April Allen, executive director of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, a nonprofit charter school organization that has had trouble recruiting education reformers to the area. 'There is definitely the perception that Dallas isn’t as progressive as other cities for African-Americans.'"