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by Shelly Rosenberg

DALLAS is a 21st century city on the rise. It's quickly becoming a most intriguing city as well.
Why? Because despite a laundry list of out-dated stereotypes, unflattering national statistics
and the slew of gauche TV programs calling Big D home, this fabled Texas town has pulled
itself up by its bootstraps and is becoming a belle of the ball. Loyal citizens and city
leaders have invested decades of  blood, sweat and tears to develop our city into one
deserving of our intense Texas pride. If our tipping point for success was the launch of the
extraordinary Dallas Arts District, complete with five structures, each built by Pritzker Prize
winners, then Dallas will seal the deal with the four remarkable projects slated to open this year.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge // photographer: Ginny Martin

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is the first structure (of three), designed and built by notable
architect, sculptor and structural engineer, Santiago Calatrava. If his name seems familiar
to you, it's because his notable installation, The Wave,  greets visitors to SMU's Meadows
Museum. His bridge construction, however,  is an even more impressive community landmark,
symbolizing a much-needed connection between our population east and west of the Trinity
River. Part of  the Trinity River Corridor Project, this bridge marks the beginning of an expansive
plan to unite the public with a special, and environmentally sensitive, treasure. Already
home to the celebrated Trinity River Audubon Center, this 20-mile stretch will host a world-class
greenway, supporting significant economic development, while offering residents and visitors
an irreplaceable nature reserve to discover and enjoy.
the park
Savvy developers have snapped up opportunities to offer the resulting, lush views. The group
the perot museum exterior
The 180k square foot cube not only includes five floors of state-of museum the-art exhibition space,

museum tower // photo: courtesy of museum tower