This detailed view of downtown Dallas focuses on Love Airport (center), once the primary airport for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis. Steady population growth has occurred in this region since the 1970s, in large part because of migration from other parts of the United States. The growth in this area has partially been a function of oil, technology, and finance industries that have flourished and made the metropolis a leading center in the southwest. Today it maintains a population of more than 1.5 million. This growth has required the expansion of various infrastructures, such as roads, reservoirs, and airports (Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is now the principal airport). In addition, it has spawned the continued building of new residential communities.
In this photograph, two reservoirs are visible: one above Love Airport and one near the bottom of the scene. The bright linear patterns are roads, and the gray areas adjacent to them are residential developments. Isolated bright spots are likely large businesses or concentrations of smaller ones. The fact that there is still a significant amount of farmland and undeveloped land (dark green) in this scene suggests there is room for growth in this metropolis.
April–May 1991, image STS-39-85-32.