All Points: The 'vs.' between Dallas and Fort Worth

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The rivalry between Fort Worth and Dallas never seems to go away. It showed again after American Airlines and US Airways announced merger plans, creating a new American based in Fort Worth -- but the news release put the site in "Dallas-Fort Worth." A Larry McMurtry article in Texas Monthly's 40th anniversary edition rated Texas cities and put Fort Worth ahead of Dallas. Does Fort Worth have an inferiority complex? Is Dallas a "world-class-wannabe"? Is the rivalry healthy?

A Fort Worth show?

Fort Worth, the city I proudly grew up in, is not unique in living in the shadow of a larger city. Take Seattle/Tacoma or Minneapolis/St. Paul.

All Texas cities live in the shadow, somewhat, of Dallas because Dallas seems to be the most progressive of all Texas cities, especially in education and mass transit.

As my wife puts it, who ever heard of an international TV hit show titled Fort Worth?

Most of Fort Worth's news and entertainment media are moving east to get their market share of Dallas' large population.

What can we do? Become a more progressive city with more parks, more mass transit, more education for high-tech industries, more social issues solved and a less "conservative" 1880s image. We are rightly proud of our cowboy heritage, but we must work hard to be the most progressive city in the most progressive state in America.

-- David Perkins, Fort Worth

Competitive edge

I have lived all over the DFW area and agree that Fort Worth does have an inferiority complex that is somewhat deserved. It seems like Dallas goes "first class," where we are content to finish second on civic improvements or accomplishments. Examples include a mass transportation system, majestic buildings, alley access to garages, superior landscaping, etc.

Fort Worth surpasses Dallas with its quality zoo and museums. Competition begets improvement, but that generally works best in the sports arena, where the rules and goals are the same. On the other hand, Dallas is degraded to second class here, losing to Arlington for two major sports facilities.

However, it matters little to DFW residents, for we are all free to live wherever we prefer and all facilities are available to all. They enjoy their first-class environment; we enjoy the slower pace, quietness, open spaces and less-complicated traffic.

-- Grady Fuller, Kennedale

Left Dallas behind

Larry McMurtry was half-right. Fort Worth and Austin are great cities. Houston and Dallas, the city of my birth, suffer the same problem. While they are in Texas, they don't seem very Texan.

Dallas has spent its whole existence tearing down its history and trying to build a new image, when it had no image to begin with. They build a tower with a light show on top, a hotel with a billboard on the side, a landmark bridge to nowhere, a park on top of a freeway -- and they build one more signature glass tower next to the Nasher, which, I think, sums up Dallas.

Dallas deserves every bad thing said about it. As a former Dallasite, one who lived there in 1963, I would rather they ignore the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. They'll just screw it up like they do everything else.

-- Buddy Musick, Fort Worth

Not-so-big D

I don't think Fort Worth gives a lot of thought to be included with Dallas in any reference to this area. It is very evident which city is progressive, proactive and whose leaders work together and compromise rather than being regressive, arguing and creating racial division. If anything, the city of Dallas should say thank you for being included in the term DFW.

-- Jim Nelson, Fort Worth

Separate identities

I don't believe Fort Worth has an inferiority complex -- we know we're better than Dallas.

Dallas seems to be the one with the inferiority complex -- always trying to be bigger and better -- and gets to deal with the troubles that come with that: more crime, more governmental corruption, more stress on the roads, etc.

I think having a little lighthearted rivalry is a good thing. It keeps both cities on their toes and makes life fun. Amon may have hated going to Dallas, but he did. Plus, it keeps our identities separate. Fort Worth and Dallas will never merge into one "mass entity" this way.

Fort Worth will always be the big city with the small-town feel -- and that's not a bad thing!

-- Susan Taylor Eurto, Fort Worth

Individual pride

Who gives a hoot? The rivalry is not healthy! Let's just be our own proud individual cities.

-- George J. Anthony, Fort Worth

Houston's the enemy

Folks! Let us unite. It's Houston that's the problem!

-- Michael E. Majors Jr.,

Reno, Texas

Media disrespect

Fort Worth has been put down by not only those in Dallas but even the media. Look at our local media, even they do not respect Fort Worth. Even the Star-Telegram does not give Fort Worth its due. Most radio stations have moved to Dallas and rarely acknowledge Fort Worth. Look at The Wolf, WB33, KVIL, KLOVE and the rest.

-- Susan Winters, Fort Worth

Fine as is

I was born, raised and lived my whole life here. Dallas-Fort Worth is fine with me.

-- Terry Bradley, Fort Worth

Blame Wright

The "rivalry" between Dallas and Fort Worth is mostly media-generated and sustained.

The animosity between these two cities was when the "Wright Amendment" was enacted, attempting to force Southwest Airlines to move its operations to DFW Airport. The airline balked, and years of litigation and rhetoric eventually found closure.

Now that American Airlines and US Airways are combining to create the world's largest airline, they have plenty to crow about.

There is no real inferiority complex in either city. They just have different standards. We're Cowtown and laid back, and Dallas is "high society." You can fault the series Dallas for that distinction.

-- April Rogers, Fort Worth

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