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Chris Wright

The Dallas-Fort Worth of the popular imagination, circa 1979—longhorn cattle, high-kicking cheerleaders, glassy skyscrapers—does not begin to capture the area today, which can lay claim to being a truly global destination: cool, cultured and buzzing with creativity. Sure, there are steak and Tex-Mex joints on every other corner, and you’ll still see businessmen in cowboy hats, but you may encounter these things on the way to a world-class symphony hall or a sleek boutique hotel. The DFW of today goes beyond expectations.