By Tamara McCullough, NewsCastic
Prefer to be on the East side of the Dallas/Ft. Worth debate? Check out our piece on 10 Reasons Why Dallas is Better Than Ft. Worth.
Which came first: the chicken or the egg mystery or the Dallas-Fort Worth rivalry? Who knows, but what we do know is Dallas and Fort Worth have been fighting for supremacy over the DFW for years. Who comes out ahead? It all depends on who you ask, but we now have irrefutable, scientific proof why Fort Worth is better. Okay, okay, maybe not scientific, but we do have 10 reasons why Fort Worth doesn’t want Dallas to sit at its table. Scroll on down and see for yourself.
Reppin’ the Old West
Cowboy hats? Check. Cowboy boots? Check. What do these all have in common? Fort Worth, unlike Dallas, is proud to represent its good ol’ Western heritage and holds on to it tight like a cowboy on a bucking bronco. From its motto of “the City of Cowboys and Culture” to its longhorn logo, Fort Worth keeps it real with its cowboy heritage. Dallas, you could learn something about staying true to your roots. Yee haw!
Rope ‘Em Up
While we’re on the subject of the Western lifestyle, Fort Worth is synonymous with its massive stockyards. Formally known as the Stockyards National Historic District, people come from all corners of the globe to see the twice-daily cattle drive and other Western-oriented events. This world-class attraction has a leg up over Dallas’ stockyards. Oh wait, as if they had one!
Where do you go to hear world-class piano players playing the best classical music around? If you guessed Fort Worth, give yourself a gold star. That’s right, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is held in the great FW. While Dallas may not have this world-renowned competition, it has…umm, some other music stuff.
Pretty, Pretty Art and Stuff
Since we’re on class and all that nice stuff, let’s talk about the Kimbell Art Museum. It may be small, but this building and its collection packs a mean punch. Noted for its architectures, it’s even been called “the greatest American building of the second half of the 20th century,” according to architectural critic for the Boston Globe, Robert Campbell. Take that, Dallas!
Battle of the Species
It’s been a long known fact that Fort Worth’s Zoo runs circles around the Dallas Zoo. Dallas Zoo has a ho-hum 2000 animals while Fort Worth’s boasts more than 5000. The FW Zoo has been named a top zoo in the U.S. What about Dallas? you may be wondering. No, no such accolades. When you’re ready for an authentic animal party, you best head to Fort Worth.
Hell On Wheels
It’s off to the races at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway. Head-spinning car races, that is. One of the fastest tracks in the land, the good times and tires keep on rolling at the Speedway, where some of the top names in the game frequent. Home to two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, it doesn’t get much bigger than that. And you know what they say, go big or go home, so Dallas just sits this one out.
Texas drives friendly, right? Well, if you’ve ever driven/ridden/rolled through Dallas, it may be hard to believe. According to statistics, Fort Worth drivers are more road-friendly with less congestion on the highways and fewer accidents overall. Don’t believe it? Take a little experiment and see which city gives you the best experience. We’ll bet our money on Fort Worth.
Bootin’ and Scootin’
Named after the infamous Sundance Kid, Sundance Square has everything in the way of entertainment that you could ever need or want. 35 blocks of restaurants, bars, clubs, performance halls and theatres are right at your fingertips and footsteps. Of course, Dallas has plenty of entertaining spots, but the Square is a block-by-block reminder of why Fort Worth is so great.
More Breathing Room
Fort Worth has about half a million fewer people than Dallas, which means they’re fewer people to pollute, congest, take up resources and all around get on your nerves. If you need a large city that’s not so ridiculously large that you feel like you’re being smothered, Fort Worth can provide you with the breathing room that Dallas can’t.
It’s Getting [Not as] Hot in Here
Is it just us or does it seem a little cooler in Fort Worth? Well, when you dig into monthly averages, Fort Worth comes out a little cooler. So, if you can’t stand those blistering hot Dallas summers, you might want to head to Fort Worth where it can be a whole 1-2 degrees cooler. The winter months are cooler, too, so break out the snow gear. Snowball fight!