History UsefulNotes / DFWMetroplex

14th May '18 11:29:17 AM Rytex
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The Federal Government designates the Metroplex as spanning 12 counties. The main four counties and cities are:

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The Federal Government designates the Metroplex as spanning 12 13 counties. The main four counties and cities are:




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* Hood County (Granbury): Southwest of Fort Worth, and south of Parker County, Hood County is comprised mostly of farm land, with only the northeast corner of the county, the portion closest to the metroplex, being any kind of suburbia. Like Delta County, it's usually not considered part of the Metroplex except by government designation.


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* ShoutOut: Believe it or not, the Dallas Mavericks mascot was chosen as an homage to the old television show ''Series/{{Maverick}}'', as voted on by fans when the city was awarded the expansion team.
14th May '18 11:15:08 AM Rytex
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** From Wichita Falls, about 100 miles northwest of Fort Worth, there's Dr. Phil, the band Music/BowlingForSoup, and [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Mia Hamm]].

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** From Wichita Falls, about 100 miles northwest of Fort Worth, there's Dr. Phil, Phil [=McGraw=] (Series/DrPhil), the band Music/BowlingForSoup, and [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Mia Hamm]].



** The city itself also has this with Houston, which is south on I.H. 45.
** Within the metroplex, Dallas and Fort Worth have a rivalry of their own (mostly courtesy of Amon Carter), though this is mostly played out between TCU and SMU.

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** Similarly, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth battle over The Iron Skillet trophy in football, and have a rivalry that extends to other sports as well.
** The city itself also has this with Houston, which is south on I.H. 45.
45, with Oklahoma City north in I-35, and to a lesser extent with Austin and San Antonio, which are south on I-35.
** Within the metroplex, Dallas and Fort Worth have a rivalry of their own (mostly courtesy of Amon Carter), though this is mostly played out between TCU and SMU.SMU noted above.


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* NewbieBoom: After 2008 when the housing market crashed, property values in the Metroplex skyrocketed, which, coupled with the low cost of living in the state, caused a massive influx of newcomers to the area over the next decade. Between the 2010 census and present, over a million people have migrated to the Dallas area (roughly a 17% growth), making it the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States. This was especially seen in the northern parts of the Metroplex Towns such as [=McKinney=], which had been as far as thirty-five miles away from Dallas proper, suddenly found themselves the new northern limits of the metro area, and towns such as Allen, Frisco, Plano, Richardson, Corinth, and Lewisville saw a massive explosion in population and limit size, turning what had once been moderately-populated areas near Dallas into proper suburbia.
8th May '18 6:16:23 PM Malady
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* YouCanPanicNow: In late August 2017 in the wake of [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston horribly]], one of the main gas lines from the state of Texas to New York was damaged, and several gas facilities in Houston shut down. DFW news media informed the public that there could possibly be a gas shortage and encouraged everyone to stock up. What followed was "Gas-pocalypse," a series of days in which gas almost became a precious resource within the Metroplex, with stations routinely running out, prices going through the roof, people filling up buckets and trash cans with gas just in case, and literal mile-long lines just to fill up. It got so bad that the effects was felt as far away as San Antonio. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero But according to several experts, no shortage would have happened if the media had not hyped up such a shortage]] and [[StiffUpperLip people acted no differently.]] It lasted only all of about five days, and after that gas delivery resumed as normal.

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* YouCanPanicNow: In late August 2017 in the wake of [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston horribly]], horribly, one of the main gas lines from the state of Texas to New York was damaged, and several gas facilities in Houston shut down. DFW news media informed the public that there could possibly be a gas shortage and encouraged everyone to stock up. What followed was "Gas-pocalypse," a series of days in which gas almost became a precious resource within the Metroplex, with stations routinely running out, prices going through the roof, people filling up buckets and trash cans with gas just in case, and literal mile-long lines just to fill up. It got so bad that the effects was felt as far away as San Antonio. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero But according to several experts, no shortage would have happened if the media had not hyped up such a shortage]] and [[StiffUpperLip people acted no differently.]] It lasted only all of about five days, and after that gas delivery resumed as normal.
5th May '18 8:06:57 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* DemotedToExtra: Quick experiment: go to anywhere outside of Denton and look for gear affiliated with the University of North Texas (the largest college in the region). You'll find TCU gear, UT gear, [=A&M=] gear, and even gear from out-of-state colleges, but finding UNT gear is nigh-unto-impossible unless you're in Denton proper.

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* DemotedToExtra: Quick experiment: go to anywhere outside of Denton and look for gear affiliated with the University of North Texas (the largest college in the region). You'll find TCU gear, UT gear, [=A&M=] gear, and even gear from out-of-state colleges, but finding UNT gear is nigh-unto-impossible unless you're in Denton proper.proper[[note]]This has gotten better with more recent students and graduating alumni taking clothing and paraphernalia to outlying cities, as well as the growth of the UNT satellite colleges, but it is still one of the most under-represented Texas universities in terms of branding[[/note]].
18th Mar '18 11:43:00 AM Lyssa
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*** The University of Dallas is in Irving, and the University of Texas at Dallas is located in Richardson. {{Egregious}} considering UT Arlington is actually in Arlington, as noted below.

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*** The University of Dallas is in Irving, and the University of Texas at Dallas is located in Richardson. {{Egregious}} JustForFun/{{Egregious}} considering UT Arlington is actually in Arlington, as noted below.
16th Mar '18 3:40:54 PM nombretomado
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* InsistentTerminology: Inverted. No one says 'The Metroplex' unless they're a news anchor or [[ThisVeryWiki writing an article.]] When traveling most DFW residents [[ClosestThingWeGot just say they're from Dallas.]]

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* InsistentTerminology: Inverted. No one says 'The Metroplex' unless they're a news anchor or [[ThisVeryWiki [[Wiki/TVTropes writing an article.]] When traveling most DFW residents [[ClosestThingWeGot just say they're from Dallas.]]
2nd Mar '18 11:27:46 PM bassmedic87
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DFW is also one of the major transportation hubs of the U.S.; American Airlines is based out of DFW Airport (the third busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft, eighth busiest in passenger volume), and many commercial shipping firms gravitate towards Alliance Airport north of Fort Worth. Love Field in Dallas, where Southwest Airlines is based, is also a major hub.

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DFW is also one of the major transportation hubs of the U.S.; American Airlines is based out of DFW Airport (the third busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft, eighth busiest in passenger volume), and many commercial shipping firms gravitate towards Alliance Airport north of Fort Worth. Love Field in Dallas, where Southwest Airlines is based, is also a major hub. \n DFW also hosts one of the longest regularly-scheduled commercial routes between it and Sydney, Australia (approximately 8,500 miles one way).
19th Jan '18 8:56:17 PM jormis29
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* ''Strategic Air Command'' (1955): Jimmy Stewart film.

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* ''Strategic Air Command'' ''Film/StrategicAirCommand'' (1955): Jimmy Stewart film.



* ''Serving Sara'' (2002): Forgettable Elizabeth Hurley/Matthew Perry romcom.

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* ''Serving Sara'' ''Film/ServingSara'' (2002): Forgettable Elizabeth Hurley/Matthew Perry HurleyCreator/MatthewPerry romcom.



* Part of ''Film/XFilesFightTheFuture''.

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* Part of ''Film/XFilesFightTheFuture''.''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture''.
16th Jan '18 7:30:57 AM Rytex
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* Creator/AlanTudyk (Plano)
11th Jan '18 8:01:23 AM Rytex
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That said, highway traffic is notoriously bad. This is ironic, considering that the Metroplex has the second largest number of freeway-miles per capita in the nation, behind only the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. While most are known by numbers, such as the north-south I-35W (Fort Worth side) and I-35E (Dallas side), some major highways in DFW are often referred to by 3-letter acronyms instead of numbers: LBJ is I-635, GBT is the George Bush Turnpike, DNT is the Dallas North Tollway, and so on. For the truly curious, there's a handy guide to [[http://dj-usa.com/jokes/Texas.htm driving in Dallas here.]]

As far as education goes, there are a number of colleges in the area. Fort Worth's most notable university is Texas Christian University, which has produced a couple of [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] stars in Sammy Baugh and [=LaDainian=] Tomlinson. The University of Texas has campuses at both Dallas and Arlington. Denton also has two major universities: The University of North Texas and Texas Women's University. UNT is one of the state's top five in enrollment and their football team once fielded Mean Joe Greene (that guy whom the kid gave the Coke in that commercial) and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (back when he was called Steve Williams). UNT is also well known for its music program, having been the oldest school to offer a degree in jazz studies, and for having one of the world's most famous and prestigious drumlines. Dallas has Southern Methodist University, known for its fine arts programs, but was also a football powerhouse, producing pro stars such as Eric Dickerson and Craig James. SMU lost its glory in the 80s, however, after receiving the NCAA "Death Penalty" (cancellation of its football program for two years) for illegal recruiting practices.

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That said, highway traffic is notoriously bad.bad, with everything from complete standstills to [[DrivesLikeCrazy hyperaggressive drivers]]. This is ironic, considering that the Metroplex has the second largest number of freeway-miles per capita in the nation, behind only the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. While most are known by numbers, such as the north-south I-35W (Fort Worth side) and I-35E (Dallas side), some major highways in DFW are often referred to by 3-letter acronyms instead of numbers: LBJ is I-635, GBT is the George Bush Turnpike, DNT is the Dallas North Tollway, and so on. For the truly curious, there's a handy guide to [[http://dj-usa.com/jokes/Texas.htm driving in Dallas here.]]

As far as education goes, there are a number of colleges in the area. Fort Worth's most notable university is Texas Christian University, which has produced a couple of [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] stars in Sammy Baugh and [=LaDainian=] Tomlinson. The University of Texas has campuses at both Dallas (a northeast suburb named Richardson, more specifically) and Arlington. Denton also has two major universities: The University of North Texas and Texas Women's University. UNT is one of the state's top five in enrollment and their football team once fielded Mean Joe Greene (that guy whom the kid gave the Coke in that commercial) and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (back when he was called Steve Williams). UNT is also well known for its music program, having been the oldest school to offer a degree in jazz studies, and for having one of the world's most famous and prestigious drumlines. Dallas has Southern Methodist University, known for its fine arts programs, but was also a football powerhouse, producing pro stars such as Eric Dickerson and Craig James. SMU lost its glory in the 80s, however, after receiving the NCAA "Death Penalty" (cancellation of its football program for two years) for illegal recruiting practices.



Shows filmed in Dallas:

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Shows filmed filmed/produced in Dallas:



* If you extend the Metroplex to Wichita Falls, which the feds ''don't do''... add Dr. Phil, the band Music/BowlingForSoup, and [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Mia Hamm]] (a MilitaryBrat who ended up there).
* Jamie Foxx (Somewhat, he was born in Terrell, TX, which is East of Dallas, but did live in the city when he started his acting career)
* Creator/BillPaxton (Fort Worth)




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* Creator/BillPaxton (Fort Worth)
* And a few people who lived not too far away:
** From Wichita Falls, about 100 miles northwest of Fort Worth, there's Dr. Phil, the band Music/BowlingForSoup, and [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Mia Hamm]].
** From Terrell, Jamie Foxx (though he did move to Dallas proper when he started his acting career).



* CutAndPasteSuburb: Let's say a resident took a bus from Forest/Jupiter Station in Garland to the North Carrollton Transit Center, passing through Garland, Richardson, Plano, Addison, and Carrollton. The only way you'd be able to know you've crossed city limits is the little city logos on the street signs changing.

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* CutAndPasteSuburb: Let's say a resident took a bus from Forest/Jupiter Station in Garland to the North Carrollton Transit Center, passing through Garland, Richardson, Plano, Addison, and Carrollton. The only way you'd be able to know you've crossed city limits is the little city logos on the street signs changing.changing, as well as the color of those street signs.



%%* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud

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%%* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: Fort Worth was once notoriously bad about tornadoes hitting it. However, there hasn't been a major incident in years as of late.



%%* EverythingIsBigInTexas
* FandomRivalry: The University of Texas vs. the University of Oklahoma. And when the annual Red River Shootout game comes to town every year (the Cotton Bowl stadium, in Dallas, is within a few miles of being exactly halfway between the two campuses, and they always play each other there instead of at either team's home stadium)? Dear ''God.''

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%%* EverythingIsBigInTexas
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: In a state of large metropolitan areas, both in terms of population and land area, the Metroplex has the most people (total, at least, since Houston as a city has more people than Dallas or Fort Worth individually) and the largest land area, at almost 1,800 square miles, making it, as noted ''larger than two whole states put together.''
* FandomRivalry: The denizens love to compete.
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The University of Texas vs. the University of Oklahoma. And when the annual Red River Shootout game comes to town every year (the Cotton Bowl stadium, in Dallas, is within a few miles of being exactly halfway between the two campuses, and they always play each other there instead of at either team's home stadium)? Dear ''God.''



** Within the metroplex, Dallas and Fort Worth have a rivalry of their own (mostly courtesy of Amon Carter), though this is mostly played out between TCU and SMU.



*** The Dallas Cowboys played in Irving in Texas Stadium, and now play in Arlington in [[strike:Cowboys]] AT&T Stadium. The team offices also play the trope straight; they were long located at Valley Ranch in Irving, and are now in Frisco.

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*** The Dallas Cowboys played in Irving in Texas Stadium, and now play in Arlington in [[strike:Cowboys]] [[strike:Cowboy]] AT&T Stadium. The team offices also play the trope straight; they were long located at Valley Ranch in Irving, and are now in Frisco.



*** The University of Dallas is in Irving, and the University of Texas at Dallas is located in Richardson. {{Egregious}} considering the below collegiate entry.
*** Southlake is more to the west of Grapevine Lake than to the south of it. Westlake averts this, being directly to the west and being right next to Southlake.

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*** The University of Dallas is in Irving, and the University of Texas at Dallas is located in Richardson. {{Egregious}} considering the below collegiate entry.
*** Southlake
UT Arlington is more to the west of Grapevine Lake than to the south of it. Westlake averts this, being directly to the west and being right next to Southlake.actually in Arlington, as noted below.



*** The University of Texas at Arlington... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin at Arlington]].
* QuirkyTown: Denton[[note]]Yes, there is a Denton High, but the one [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow]] "they" came from is fictional and set in Ohio.[[/note]]with two colleges has lots of quirky townsfolk.

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*** The University of Texas at Arlington... Arlington [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin at is in Arlington]].
* QuirkyTown: Denton[[note]]Yes, there is a Denton High, but the one [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow]] "they" [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "they"]] came from is fictional and set in Ohio.[[/note]]with two colleges has lots of quirky townsfolk.
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