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Photograph by Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

Dallas: Culture, Front and Center [Fast Cities 2010]

What would a city be without culture? No place we'd want to live. Yet most attempts to seed thriving centers are fraught with stumbles. The new AT&T Performing Arts Center solidifies Dallas's arts district by bringing a red-hot heart to the city's downtown, already home to a symphony hall and sculpture museum. The center, which opened in October and includes the Wyly Theatre and Winspear Opera House, attracted more than 100,000 visitors its first season. "It's not just the number of facilities but the nature of the facilities," says center CEO Mark Nerenhausen. "We've reached critical mass."

Photograph by Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

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  • David Johnson

    How can you measure the culture of a city? Here in the UK we regularly use the term 'enterprise culture' and only recently have we began to understand what we mean by an enterprise culture and how to measure it. Collecting data from school children, students, employees, teachers and business owners begins to give us an interesting picture of the underlying culture and allows us to compare one region with another. Are you seeking to measure the culture of Dallas?