Is Dallas a Self-Loathing City?

Texas Monthly seems to think so.

In a fun TexMo post painting the big cities of Texas as a dysfunctional family, John Nova Lomax writes of the one-sided rivalry between Houston and Dallas:

When Houston insists that the rivalry does exist, and that Dallas’s constant denial of that existence is proof. And then Dallas sticks the dagger in: “Five Super Bowls, Houston. Five.” And then Dallas drops the mic and exits stage left.

But underneath all of its feigned obliviousness to other Texas cities, there does seem to lurk a current of self-loathing. As East Dallas resident Mamie Joseph puts it, “Dallas is too busy hating itself to notice anybody else.”

That observation was borne out four years back when I wrote a piece for the Houston Press and Dallas Observer about how those two cities were getting cooler while Austin was becoming more business-like and big city. The piece was met with near-universal praise in Houston, but about half of the feedback I got from Dallas was that I was a lunatic to think that way, and that only their jobs were keeping them from escaping to Austin ASAP.

I don’t think it’s the people of Dallas as a whole who are self-loathing. Probably just habitual Dallas Observer readers. /rimshot

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