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Business &IndustryDescribe stores and shops available in the community, e.g., grocery stores, gas stations, department stores. What type of business climateexists? Manufactures? Light or heavy industry? Large employers? Small business owners? Retail? Hospitality industry? Do people haveto seek employment elsewhere? Is this considered a “bedroom community”- where people work outside this community but live here?Make sure you address fully what you observed and NOTE if something was not found within your community area.There are many retail and resell shops here. It’s very much a bedroom and recreational community. There are many business here that support water recreation, including gas stations which sell beer and other “tubing amenities.” There are several fishing guides and tours available as well, but again, most of them are small and family-owned. Unless someone chooses tostay within the family business, almost everyone works in New Braunfels, San Marcos, Austin, or San Antonio. PoliticsWhat indicators do you see about politics? Posters? Headquarters?Make sure you address fully what you observed and NOTE if something was not found within your community area.Occasionally, especially around election time, I will see yard placards in people’s front yards, but other than that, there seem to be very few people
who make it openly known that they’re very politically active, on either a state or national scale. MediaDo you see indicators of what people read? Listen to the radio? Watch TV? Are there any signs of media language other than English?Make sure you address fully what you observed and NOTE if something was not found within your community area.English is the predominant language, and that’s really the only language utilized by the media. Not to sound terribly harsh, but people here aren’t big readers. The local people, the New Braunfels Zeitung, is read by many, but mostly consists of lurid details of criminals who have been caught doing various and sundry crimes. Most radio that is consumed is for entertainment or to listen to music, not for educational purposes. I’m not very familiar with people’s TV-viewing habits.KeyInformantsInterview a fireman or police office.Also interview a librarian, school teacher, school nurse or administrator.Ask each person interviewed to share their perceptions of the following and cite personal communication as appropriate:1.Interview with fireman or police officer˃Community’s Healthissues The fireman said that this community suffers from many of the problems that many small, working-class communities do: lack of physical activity, poor diets, anda general lack of curiosity. In his work, he often has to carry people out of places who should otherwise be mobile. ˃Community’s Safetyissues Depending on where you are, the older houses can sometimes present with electrical or other kinds of hazards which make them more fire-prone. He says that he also sees a larger-than-average incidence of drunk driving and marijuana usage in the area.