Unless you’re intrigued with jet engines you might not have heard the excitement over the Double Eagle II airport area becoming an aviation center. Unless you drive far west I-40 everyday you might not have noticed the gigantic new mattress plant that will soon bring us a bright future. (Although local mattress plant Bright Future Futon Company has been doing that since the 80's. )
Who does all this land belong to? It isn’t secret but it isn’t obvious.
The two largest single land owners on the Westside are John Black, whose family owned Black Ranch and who is developing "Quail Ranch," and Westland Development Company.
Westland owns over 56,000 acres and controls the assets of what was the Atrisco Land Grant to benefit some 6,000 shareholders - many of whom live in New Mexico. And quite a few work in local government or hold elected office.
Westland's history is provocative, to say the least, and largely unwritten. Good background about Westland from the days when the feds bought land for the National Monument from them in High Country News.