What was the best gift to the city in 2012?
An urban park on top of a freeway. A bridge built by one of the world’s leading architects. A stunning and wildly interactive museum that brings out the kid in all of us. Yep, it’s been a pretty big year for the Dallas cultural scene. But which had the greatest effect on the city? Tell us what you think. Vote once a day, every day, until December 16.
The Dallas Arboretum knocked it out of the park with this one, which was extended through the end of the year. Just in its first six months, the Chihuly exhibit had an estimated $4.5 million impact on the arboretum, and membership was up 30 percent.
Hey, did you hear they built a park on top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway? Klyde Warren Park connects Uptown and downtown and provides a groovy, green gathering space for urban dwellers. Urban parks just feel so modern and worldly, you know?
There was a reason we had a picture of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on our splash page prior to launch: It forever changed the Dallas skyline. The breathtaking photograph by Justin Terveen was also the inaugural cover photo on our Facebook page. Even if you haven't been on the bridge, you have felt its impact.
The newest addition to the Dallas Arts District is flexible enough to host 750-seat concerts or intimate cocktail parties in the open-air lobby. Dallas City Performance Hall gives small and mid-size local art groups a classy place to perform.
Just look at that picture. Launched during the State Fair of Texas, the Chinese Lantern Festival was so popular that Fair Park extended its run through January 6, 2013.
It's got grass on the roof and a stairway leading nowhere, but the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is, by all accounts, one of the most fun museum experiences you'll ever have. Highly interactive exhibits excite the young and young at heart.