The Economist on Downtown Dallas’ Rejuvenation

They manage to work in a reference to the Ewing family.


A correspondent for one of the Economist’s blogs was recently in Dallas for the New Cities Summit, and writes yesterday about how downtown has transformed in the last 30 years:

It is clear that the old Dallas is fading into a distant memory. Today the downtown of America’s ninth-most populous city has thriving museums, performing-arts spaces, a green market, restaurants and innovative retailers that are bringing people back to its pavements. Detroit, Kansas City and Cleveland may be struggling to reinvent themselves, but Dallas has prospered, not only because of its oil wealth and low taxes, but also because the city and private-sector developers and investors have combined their efforts.

The author gives the Joule Hotel an awful lot of credit for rejuvenating downtown, more than maybe it alone deserves, and things aren’t maybe quite so active throughout downtown as they’re painted, but there is no denying that Dallas has made progress.

Anyway, here’s my favorite bit, in the conclusion:

Thanks to this attitude, the atrophied downtown area from three decades ago that Mrs Forsythe-Lill remembered is being wiped from the memory faster than Sue Ellen Ewing could get to the bottom of a bottle of vodka.


  • J Jones

    Downtown Dallas is only a small step ahead of downtown Milwaukee when it comes to exciting downtowns. Actually, Milwaukee may be a lot more exciting b.c it has great lakefront and riverfront property.

    Every city now has action happening downtown. They all have old buildings that have been turned into lofts, museums, etc.

    San Antonio may have the greatest potential. Increase restaurants in the King William District and Pearl Brewery just surrounding downtown. The riverwalk is actually a great thing once you get away from Coyote Ugly and the other tourist traps. Lots of great buildings.

    San Antonio is the real hidden secret.