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Dallas Cracks Forbes' Entertaining Cities List


by Stephen Becker 15 Sep 2009

Forbes has compiled its list of Most Entertaining Cities, and Dallas barely squeaks in at No. 10. (And when they say “Dallas,” what they really mean is “North Texas,” as Fort Worth, Arlington, etc. are all lumped into the Dallas basket.) The list is basically a straight numbers game, taking into account how many restaurants, […]

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Forbes has compiled its list of Most Entertaining Cities, and Dallas barely squeaks in at No. 10. (And when they say “Dallas,” what they really mean is “North Texas,” as Fort Worth, Arlington, etc. are all lumped into the Dallas basket.) The list is basically a straight numbers game, taking into account how many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, museums, live theater venues, sports venues and sports teams a city has. Our 85 spots for live theater were enough to perk up Forbes’ ears, as the story notes the “vibrant theater scene in Dallas to go along with the city’s sports focus.”

New York City tops the list (natch). It’s 710 live theater venues scoreboard the city’s next closest competitor, Chicago, by nearly 500. And its 734 museums are more than double Boston’s 316, which ranks second in that category. The full list is:

1. New York City
2. Chicago
3. Los Angeles
4. Washington D.C. and Miami (tie)
6. Atlanta
7. Philadelphia and Boston (tie)
9. San Francisco
10. Dallas

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  • Rawlins Gilliland

    In all affectionate respect to my city: If my original home town Dallas is just one notch behind my old once-adopted ‘home’ town of San Francisco, then the people at Forbes are defining ‘entertaining’ far differently than I.