Most people see Irving as just another suburb of Dallas, Texas. But actually, Irving in its own right is the 13th most populace city in Texas. Irving is part of the Dallas–Plano–Irving metropolitan division of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area.
Irving includes the “Las Colinas” community, one of the first master-planned developments in the US, which includes a variety of mixed-use office towers, home, condominiums, and apartments. Irving has often adopted the graphic of the “mustang”, based on the famous mustange sculptures (the largest equestrian sculpture in the world) at the center of Williams Square. Designed as Las Colinas’ centerpiece, the four towersat of Williams Square flank a massive granite plaza and its a larger-than-life bronze statue of nine wild Texas mustangs. Ben Carpenter, who founded Las Colinas commissioned the sculpture from African wildlife artist Robert Glen.
Irving is central located to both Dallas airports, and has easy access to several major highways and interstate. As a matter of fact, part of the DFW airport is in Irving (the other parts are in Euless, Grapevine, and Coppell. The DFW airport is the third busiest airport in the world, and the second largest in the United States.
Irving is proud to host the original Texas Stadium, which was recently destroyed and rebuilt in Arlington. Perhaps the most famous building now is the Irving Convention Center (pictured left). The “Music Factory”, an entertainment area of theaters and restaurants is being built next to the convention center.
Some of the largest employers in Irving are Citigroup, Verizon, Nokia, Allstate, Microsoft, Neiman Marcus Direct, and Zale.
Irving has seen a boom in single-family housing construction. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) line connects Irving to both Dallas airports, and has been a big boost for the Irving/Las Colinas areas.
Irving’s official publications “CitySpectrum” announced in its March 2015 issue that Irving crime has shown decreases for the last ten years (citing 3% to 8.2% decreases in burglary, robbery, assault, and auto theft.
Irving is also proud to open the new South Irving Library, with ribbon cutting ceremony on March 21, 2015. It will of course have a computer lab, and a special room for teens. The second floor, with floor to ceiling windows, has great views of the surrounding area. And the windows even self adjust when the sun is bright. the library actually has geothermal wells for heating and colling; they go 300 feet down and have about 20 miles of pipe.
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving,_Texas, and City Spectrum newspaper.