Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: Glen Rose and Las Colinas: Photo 9
Carpenter intended to build a place where 180,000 people would work and where 50,000 would live. Those numbers have proven too ambitious, but 30 years later, Las Colinas has a daytime population of 100,000 and an overnight one of 30,000. Las Colinas is also one of the biggest office parks in the United States, and its tenants include Exxon, Citigroup, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft.
The development road was so bumpy in the 1980s that Las Colinas was taken over by the Teachers' Insurance and Annuity Association. Property management went to Cousins Properties, which offers the following Las Colinas statistics for 2004: 21 million square feet of office space, 8 million square feet of light industrial, 1 million of retail, 10,500 multifamily residential units, and 3,200 single-family homes.
This wasn't what Ben Carpenter had in mind. As he said, "I wanted a focal point in the middle of the Urban Center." But as the clinical phrase "urban center" suggests, focal points aren't easy to make. Here the waters of Lake Carolyn flow under a street and into a canal.
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