What does Dallas have in common with Taipei, Monterrey, or any of its other adopted sister cities? As far as I can tell, not that much, besides what the Dallas Fort Worth World Affairs Council calls a shared commitment to “promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time,” which is difficult to quantify and nearly impossible to present in the kinds of graphs and maps true city policy heads love.
A more accurate picture of Dallas’ sister cities could be drawn from a new mapping tool published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The Chicago Fed collected civic data from across the country and did more than 300 interviews with municipal leaders to create the Peer City Identification Tool. Its stated goal: finding cities that are “experiencing similar trends or challenges” for the edification of local shot-callers.Read More