Not so flattering surveys
San Francisco pretty much has it all — great food, great public transit, verdant public parks, beaches and the bay, plus year-round cool temps and a vibrant community — so it's difficult to contest its title as America's Best City in 2012, bestowed by Bloomberg Rankings and Businessweek.com.
For the ranking, the pair looked at the number of "leisure attributes" by population, like bars, restaurants, libraries, museums, sports teams and park acres, plus educational attributes, crime and air quality.
Dallas, which the article claims is "arguably the focal point for oversize American culture," ranked no. 41 — behind San Antonio, which took no. 30 "thanks to a better local economy and significantly lower crime" than its neighbor to the north.
Still, Businessweek had top remarks for the Park Cities, calling Highland Park "Dallas' take on Beverly Hills."
For its part, Dallas was credited with 249 bars, 2,808 restaurants, 26 museums, 43 libraries and 10 colleges. However, this was no match for a low median household income ($48,838) and a high unemployment rate (7.9 percent). Still, Businessweek had top remarks for the Park Cities, calling Highland Park "Dallas' take on Beverly Hills."
Austin beat out all other Texas cities at no. 8 on the list, with tech talent, start-up energy and music festivals, plus food and drink and ample park space. Still no professional sports team for our state capital, though. Houston landed at no. 22.
Seattle took no. 2, followed by Washington, D.C., Boston and Portland, Oregon. Sure, all of that is well-deserved. But must we enumerate the ways that Dallas is better than Tulsa, Oakland and Madison, Wisconsin — all of which snagged higher spots on the list? Surely not.