Five stories that have North Texas talking: National Democrats will set up shop in Texas; TCU is canceling its homecoming parade; Big Tex has new duds; and more.
Cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex land on several “best of...”, “worst place to…” and other superlative lists on a regular basis. Thrillist, however, recently published a more pointed (by no means objective) roundup, calling out the “most obnoxiously rich” suburbs of the 35 largest U.S. cities. For D-FW, the travel pub singled out Frisco.
Thrillist mostly slammed The Star, the newly opened $1.5 billion, 12,000-seat headquarters that Frisco high school football players get to use when the Dallas Cowboys aren’t training there. The writer goes on to say to despite billions of dollars going into Frisco’s entertainment scene, Dallasites won’t want to drive there, anyway: “We'll happily leave Frisco to the perfectly manicured subdivisions, insane traffic, and Kendra Scott-wearing moms.”
Pretty harsh stuff, but Thrillist saved more of that for Austin suburb West Lake Hills, The Dominion in San Antonio and The Woodlands in Houston. Surprisingly, the travel website named McKinney D-FW’s “coolest” suburb. [Thrillist]
- The Democratic National Committee plans to open a headquarters Saturday in Houston. A Clinton spokesperson said more such offices will be opening in the coming weeks, The Texas Tribune reports. “Texas is already home to dozens of pro-Clinton volunteer groups that have taken it upon themselves to open offices, organize events and get out the vote. For example, a group in West Texas is holding an event Friday in Lubbock where Bob Krueger, the last Democrat from Texas to serve in the U.S. Senate, is expected to endorse Clinton.” The Houston office opening is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at CWA Local 6222, 1730 Jefferson St. [The Texas Tribune]
- TCU is taking a yearlong break from a longtime tradition. The university had to cancel its homecoming parade this year because of a scheduling conflict, according to TCU’s website. The university is combining Family Weekend and Homecoming celebrations this year, and some festivities had to be cut in the process. “This does not mean the long-term elimination of this campus tradition. Rather, it simply means that as a compromise in the merger of these events, having a parade is not possible this year,” TCU says. There will still be a pep rally at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16, followed by FrogFest, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. TCU opens its Big 12 schedule on Sept. 17 against Iowa State at Amon G. Carter Stadium. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- Butterflies have invaded San Antonio. No, they’re not the ever-popular Monarchs, who migrate south later in the fall. They’re called “snout nose” butterflies. The summer drought wiped out their predators, and recent rainy conditions have provided an abundance of floral sustenance. KENS reports: “Snouts don't come through San Antonio every year, only if the conditions are right for them to have plenty of food in San Antonio. UTSA's butterfly expert predicts they'll be here for a few more days and move on.” Read more on the species from Texas Public Radio. [KENS]
- New clothes, same Big Tex. The State Fair of Texas’ towering cowboy is getting a new wardrobe for this year’s event. Actually, he gets a new set of duds every few years, which is more than some of us can say for our own closets. Big Tex will be able to show off all 55 feet of his Texas style with a brand new custom-made shirt and Dickies denim (His official provider since 1997.) He’ll be wearing his new get-up today. “Due to the massive dimensions of the shirt and jeans, the ultimate and complete view will be from directly above the stadium in a helicopter,” according a press release, so if you can swing that, more power to you. [State Fair of Texas]
— State Fair of Texas (@StateFairOfTX) September 9, 2016