Saturday, June 2, 2012

The People Of Dallas/Fort Worth Are Not The Worst Dressed In America

This morning, whilst reading the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, I was amused by an article the self-deprecating likes of which I don't think I've ever read in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The writer of the article was miffed that Seattle did not make it on the Top 20 List of America's Worst-Dressed Cities, as determined by who knows what criteria by Travel + Leisure magazine.

The article in the P-I was titled Huh?! Worst-dressed cities, and Seattle isn't one?

Below is part of the P-I article....

To the editors of Travel + Leisure magazine: I think your readers made a tiny mistake in your new list titled “America’s Worst-Dressed People.”

I’m not arguing that Anchorage in Alaska isn’t the worst-dressed city in America. (I bet it is.) And Salt Lake City might be runner up, and Baltimore might be third.

But did your readers forget about all of us up here in Seattle? We’re usually a fixture on every worst-dressed-city list, like this one and this one and this one.

Yet, Seattle didn’t even crack your top 20 cities. Maybe Seattle should be proud — maybe it’s a sign we’ve finally broken up with waterproof fabric — but it just feels that we’ve been somehow slighted.

Dallas/Fort Worth did manage to make this coveted list, coming in as the #6 Worst-Dressed City.

Travel + Leisure had this to say about Dallas/Fort Worth...

Bigger seems to always be better in the Dallas/Fort Worth area; just take on look at the infamously over-the-top JumboTron at the Cowboys Stadium. And when it comes to getting dressed, big hair, conspicuous designer labels, and slick snakeskin boots are the norm. "Less is more" is not a phrase heard around these parts. 

I saw no mention made of this in this morning's Star-Telegram, not like the hoopla that was made when Fort Worth was picked as an All America City by some bogus Washington, D.C. lobbying group. Fort Worth actually had a city wide celebration over this non-prestigious honor.

Tacoma also was picked by this bogus group as an All-America City. I was working for the Deputy Mayor of Tacoma at that point in time. I asked him if Tacoma had a city wide celebration. If I remember right the Deputy Mayor said something like, "No, that would have made us a laughingstock. We thanked them, politely, then ignored it."

I've have had more than one local tell me that Fort Worth suffers from a collective civic inferiority complex. I don't see how a town can suffer from such a thing. Then again, a civic inferiority complex does seem to explain why a fuss would be made over a bogus All America City award. And why what passes for the local newspaper of record used to frequently opine that this that or the other lame thing in or about Fort Worth made the rest of the planet green with envy.

Three Texas towns made the list of America's Worst-Dressed, with San Antonio being even worse dressed than D/FW, and D/FW being worse dressed than Houston.

Below is the complete list of America's Top 20 Worst-Dressed Cities as determined, somehow, by Travel + Leisure magazine....
  1. Anchorage 
  2. Salt Lake City
  3. Baltimore
  4. Orlando
  5. San Antonio
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth
  7. Atlanta
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Phoenix/Scottsdale
  10. Kansas City
  11. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  12. Memphis
  13. Portland, Oregon
  14. Washington, D.C.
  15. Houston
  16. Honolulu
  17. Denver
  18. Boston
  19. Philadelphia
  20. Nashville

1 comment:

CatsPaw said...

Two words whether you're pro or con "fashion" in any of the named cities:

Who. Cares.

I can think of two more for the media world. One word starts with an "F" and the other with an "O."

Can you tell I dislike this kind of

Inconsequential. Nonsense.