The Best Little Rivalry in Texas

As gritty Houston booms, urbane Dallas booms back

To folks in Dallas, Houston is a loud, boorish, blue-collar place, overwhelmed by nouveau riche high rollers and overrun with Cadillacs and pickup trucks. To folks in Houston, Dallas is a dull, snobbish, white-collar town, dominated by banking and defense interests, and overrun with Rolls-Royces and Mercedes.

Dallas (pop. 905,000) and Houston (pop. 1,594,000), Texas' largest cities, are separated by 240 miles of small towns and open spaces. They are also separated by one of the most enduring municipal rivalries since Athens slandered Sparta. "Houston," says Dallas Mayor Jack Evans of the grittier rival city,...

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