Regarding subjective design criteria, it's hard to judge who comes out on top. There is no council tasked with deciding between Chicago's 330 North Wabash, Marina City, and Aqua Tower, on the one hand, and New York's Woolworth Building, 432 Park Avenue, and New York by Gehry, on the other.

But looking at cities by density of design, Dallas has both New York and Chicago beat.

That's right, the Big D. If you look past the nation's tallest and most spectacular designs and focus on the sheer concentration of great design, you'll find that there is no place that packs in better design than the city's Arts District. While this standard doesn't quite rise to the rigor of objectivity, it is juried. Dallas, it turns out, is host to the densest design district in the country. Read More