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Dallas trumps world for title of best skyline

Dallas trumps world for title of best skyline

Dallas skyline at night
Downtown Dallas is the most iconic skyline in the world, at least according to voters in a recent USA Today poll. Photo by Matt Pasant

According to a new poll, the iconic skylines of New York, London and Tokyo have nothing on Dallas. USA Today readers recently rated downtown Dallas as the Best International Skyline as part of the publication's 10Best poll series.

To absolutely no one's surprise, the opening credits for the current and former Dallas played a big part in garnering votes. In a statement about the results, Dallas architect Preston Kissman said, "The contemporary Dallas skyline tells a story of big banking, big oil, big money and the occasional big bust."

But the recent neon-ification of multiple downtown Dallas buildings has also played a part in the skyline's being memorable. Another Dallas architect, James Adams, said that "an internal race to adorn its existing and new icons with colorful interactive lighting ... cannot be ignored."

So what cities' skylines were deemed less worthy than Dallas'? Chicago came in at No. 2, followed by Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, New York, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Seattle.

Here's hoping the powers that be continue to add more substance to the style of downtown Dallas so that it might start earning the awards that Fort Worth seems to get every month.