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Dallas eye sculpture downtownIn 1979, when I graduated from college and came to Dallas, the city was basically known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and the television show Dallas. It was a city full of banks and corporations. Men wore ostrich-skin cowboy boots with their Brooks Brothers suits. Women teased their hair and went to lunch dressed in shiny Chanel suits. “Dallas,” sneered outsiders. “Big D. So boring.”Today, people I know who live somewhere else call to tell me that they just had a blast spending the weekend in Dallas. Of course, they talk about the shopping. Dallas is a retail mecca, and I’m not just referring to the luxurious Highland Park Village or NorthPark Center, which sells some of the world’s…

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