● Boundaries What defines the boundaries? Roads, water, railroads . Is the area known for a particular name? What area is this community located in ? The New Braunfels area is located between Austin, TX and San Antonio, TX which is a central area of the state. I am specifically observing an area on the east side of a major highway that splits the community down the middle. It is bordered by two different farm to market roads and the Guadalupe river. ● Housing and Zoning What is the age of the houses? Describe type of construction material, appearance, and general condition. Do you see single family housing? Multi-family housing ? This is a newer-developed section of New Braunfels and includes high end 3
apartment complexes as well as single family homes that have either just been built or in the middle of construction. Closer to the highway, however, include mobile homes that are in poor shape and have been there for at least 30 years. ● Common Meeting Places Where do people in the neighborhood hang out? Who hangs out there and what hours of the day ? There are people walking with kids and dogs around 7pm around their neighborhood. One of the apartment complexes has a nice pool where people are gathered, barbecuing and listening to music. At the river, people are also seen barbecuing with their families and friends. ● Indicators of Growth or Decline Is this a “thriving” community or does it look “run down?” Is there new or ongoing construction? Businesses and Industries coming to the area? Are buildings, roadways, and public areas clean and well- kept. Do you see dirt, trash, or graffiti ? This is most definitely a growing, thriving community. The only section that looks run-down and trashy are the mobile homes that are unfortunately next to the highway. I foresee the city getting rid of these at some point because it is such prime real estate and can make the city money. There is a shopping center that within the last 7 years has built up at least 35 new stores—restaurants, and retail. The area is kept very clean and even has a man-made stream running through the middle of it. 4
● Employment Opportunities What places for employment are there is this area? Name the businesses and industries in this area . There is community hospital that was built 5 years ago in this area which is a major employer. A shopping center was built that includes 35 different buildings from restaurants, clinics, retail shops and a freestanding ER ● Transportation How to people get from one place to another? Is public transportation available? How timely is it? Personal autos? Bikes? Walking ? People get around by personal vehicle. There are no taxis or buses seen. There are few people walking around, and it is only contained in the neighborhoods and apartments.
- Spring '17
- Nursing, New Braunfels