The Cities Issue

An Ode to Album Park

Jan 24, 2013 By Christine Granados

Forty years ago I would burrow inside the nose cone of a three-story rocket slide at Album Park. Not Eastwood Park—officials have force-fed El Pasoans that name since the park opened, in 1968, but, like ketchup on hamburgers, we don’t ever use it. Peering through the steel rods that made…

The Best Laid Plan

Jan 24, 2013 By Debbie Nathan

El Paso’s latest urban redevelopment scheme is one of the nation’s most far-reaching and innovative. It is also, as any resident will tell you, one of its most contentious.

Pride and Prejudice

Jan 24, 2013 By Dagoberto Gilb

It’s time for Texas to get smart about its westernmost—and most ignored—city, where an old pass tracks the route of our future.

Do Call It Dallas–Fort Worth

Jan 24, 2013 By Bud Kennedy

All my life we’ve wanted top billing. But in the eyes of the world, we’re forever the sidekick: Dallas–Fort Worth. We’ve tried, over the years, to use that thirty-mile-long hyphen between the cities like a battering ram, deriding our rival for having fewer museums, no Bass brothers, and no sense…

Change of Art

Jan 24, 2013 By Michael Ennis

Just over forty years ago, Texas was the kind of place dismissed as hopelessly provincial and culturally mediocre. But then came the Kimbell Art Museum.

By Invitation Only

Jan 23, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth and Jason Sheeler

In a city that loves its parties, there’s perhaps none so aesthetically significant as Two x Two for AIDS and Art, Dallas’s most cutting-edge fundraiser—and one hell of a good time.