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WE’RE #1!

By D Magazine |

Texans are renowned for their braggadocio, but such bravado has been subdued of late around Dallas and Fort Worth. In an effort to boost the boasting, we offer these facts for flaunting, renewed reasons for residential pride:

Dallas is the top Chevy Suburban and Lexus-selling city in the nation.

Parkland Health and Hospital System of Dallas is the largest birthing center in the nation-delivering 13,614 babies last year.

By the year 2000, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport will be the busiest airport in the world in the number of take-offs and landings, the FAA predicts.

SABRE Computer Services, American Airlines’ worldwide booking service for airline, car and hotel reservations, is the world’s largest, privately owned, real-time computer network and has processed a record high 4,176 messages per second.

Dallas offers more shopping centers per capita than any other U.S. city.

UT Southwestern has more Nobel Laureates on its faculty (four) than any other medical school in the world.

Dallas is the top market city for country music radio, concerts and record saies.

Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth is the world’s largest honky-tonk.

The annual Fort Worth Stock Show Parade is the longest parade of horse-drawn vehicles in America.

Fair Park has the largest collection of art deco exhibition buildings in the world.

According to the University of Texas in Austin, Dallas will benefit from NAFTA more than any other city in the country.

Dallas has the largest urban arts district in America.

Dallas has more four-diamond AAA-rated hotels than any other city in the world (the five-diamond rating is the highest).

Dallas’ Convention Center is equipped with the largest urban heliport/vertiport in the world.

The Texas Motor Speedway is the nation’s largest NASCAR track.

Dallas has the world’s largest bronze monument 50 kingdoms and three cowboys romping in Pioneer Plaza.

Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth hosted the world’s first indoor rodeo.

The Mesquite Rodeo is the world’s largest indoor rodeo.

Dallas is the No. 1 market for Coors Light.

Dallas is the No. 1 market for Pace picante sauce.