“As I looked at most of the real estate developments that were taking place around the country, I was dismayed by the unsightly jungle of telephone and electric lines, blinking neon lights, and gaudy sign-lit mass of stereotyped architecture that was gobbling up the landscape of the country.”

So said the late, great Ben Carpenter three decades ago, addressing a Dallas Board of Realtors banquet in a sweeping speech that laid out his meticulous and (almost) impossibly ambitious vision for Las Colinas — once the Carpenter family ranch, now the 12,000-acre economic heart of Irving.

To read the entire speech, click here.

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