Because there are three schools located on a busier farm to market road, 8
there are police officers directing traffic outside each locations. The closest fire station is located just outside of the boundaries I am surveying in a more rural location. ● Educational Resources Where is the nearest public library? Discuss the Schools and Universities/Community colleges ? The closest public library is within a ten minute driving distance but still within the city of New Braunfels. As mentioned prior, there are three schools located within the boundaries I’m surveying—a high school, middle and elementary school. Texas State University is about a 10 to 15 minute drive from this location. ● Religions What signs of religion do you see? Discuss the types of churches, mosques, temples? What services are offered by these churches, for example, Day Care, Mother’s Day Out, Summer Camps, Languages Classes, Citizenship Classes, Food Banks, Clothing, other . Within the boundaries I am surveying, there are no churches. Within a 5 minute drive is a large Lutheran church that offers a school from pre-k to high school. Several Catholic churches are located just outside of these boundaries and offer food bank and clothing services for the poor. New Braunfels is a predominately Catholic community due to the German influence. Business & Industry Describe stores and shops available in the community, e.g., grocery stores, gas stations, department stores. What type of business climate exists? Manufactures? Light or heavy industry? Large employers? Small business owners? Retail? Hospitality 9
industry? Do people have to 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. Within the surveyed area, there is a large, popular gas station called Buccee’s with 60 different gas pumps that is also surprisingly a tourist destination that many people stop off at when traveling I-35. It is an attraction for those seeking work too, as the starting wage is at least $10. Across the street is a large shopping center with at least 30 different businesses, all ranging from retail and restaurants to urgent cares and family clinics. Down the road a bit, away from the highway is a hospital that is a big employer as well. New Braunfels is not considered a “bedroom community” as many people live and work here. There are not many small businesses—many businesses in the area are part of chains such as Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and BJs Brewhouse. ● Politics What 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.
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