Gushing about Beyoncé has become the currency of the Internet. Queen Bey inspires passion from fans and observers that is downright religious in fervor—which, perhaps, makes the fact that she’s taken to feeding and housing the poor of Houston something to be expected.
Earlier this month, Dallas failed once again to be considered as a potential host city for the Summer Olympics. This decision wasn’t made by the International Olympic Committee—the city’s bid never made it that far. Instead, it was rejected by the U.S. Olympic Committee, a domestic organization that helps determine which U.S. cities that want to throw their hat in the Olympics-hosting ring have the best shot at bringing the Games back to U.S. soil. The USOC dumped Dallas, and kept Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.
It was a familiar tale for Olympics-watchers who’d longed to see the Games played in Big D; a similar bid for the 2012 Summer Games was rejected in 2001. The United States has hosted the Olympics Games more than any other country, with four each among the Summer Olympics and the Winter Games. Those host cities include Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Atlanta, which put on the 1996 Summer Games, as well as such locales as Lake Placid, New York; Squaw Valley, California; and Los Angeles, which has twice played host to the event.
In a report from the Dallas Morning News, staff writer Jeff Mosier lays out the reason why Dallas continues to play bridesmaid, rather than bride, when it comes to the Olympics:
Local Olympic organizers in 2001 said Dallas’ perceived lack of international stature sabotaged its pursuit of the 2012 Summer Games. A statement from the U.S. Olympic Committee — after Dallas was dropped this month from consideration for the 2024 games — hinted at the same issue.
That statement said there were no doubts about Dallas’ ability to host the Olympics, and the USOC planned to work with the officials to “enhance the international awareness of the city.” For those who worked on the Dallas 2012 bid, the new wording evokes memories of the early 2000s.
“I’m not sure much has changed in the past 14 years,” former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene said about how Olympic officials view the region.
He and Ron Kirk, Dallas’ mayor at the time, both blamed the failure of the 2012 effort on the area’s lack of international appeal.
“They did say, ‘We are really looking for a city with an international profile,’” Kirk told The Dallas Morning News at the time. “We still have work to do in terms of becoming well-known around the world.”
In other words, if the world’s Olympics-attending community is going to spend 17 days enjoying a city, it appears that the USOC lacks the confidence that Dallas is where they’d like to do it.
I spent all afternoon on Saturday watching the NFL Draft’s final four rounds.
Real estate blog Estately.com has proven, incontrovertably, something that we all already knew was true: Texans like tacos more than anybody else likes tacos.
In a post on Estately called “The Most/Least Taco-Crazed Cities In America,” the blog analyzed the fifty largest cities in the U.S. to determine which cities loved tacos the most, and which city residents were content to drive through a Taco Bell. The methodology is perhaps a bit suspect, but quantifying taco love is an inherently subjective enterprise, and we’ll give them some credit for at least revealing how they came up with the list:
To determine the level of taco enthusiasm in the largest 50 U.S. cities, Estately looked at three things.
- Percentage of each city’s restaurants serving tacos (souce: Yelp)
- Percentage of Facebook users in each city expressing interest in tacos (source: Facebook)
- Level of internet searches related to tacos (source: Google Trends)
We’ll take just a moment here to savor a string of words like “level of Internet searches related to tacos,” but then continue on with the list, in which each of the top five cities are right here in Texas—with seldom-remarked-upon Arlington taking the number one spot.
Behind Arlington, the list includes Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, while Houston clocks in at #9 (tied with Los Angeles)—behind taco-mad non-Texan cities like Long Beach, Oklahoma City, and San Diego. El Paso—the final Texas entry in the top fifty—lands at #15.