The community is at the intersection of I-95 which runs through the middle of the town and county rd 2268. This is a rural town that is bordered by country roads. The name of the town is Holland Tx. It is located in bell county at the south eastern portion of the county. ● 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 ? The middle of the town is constructed of older homes in which some have been refurbished and others have been neglected. The rural areas have many different types of homes such mobile homes to large farm 3
homes. There are many single family homes and one apartment complex. ● Common Meeting Places Where do people in the neighborhood hang out? Who hangs out there and what hours of the day ? There seems to be one area where a lot of the community goes during the day and evening and it is the community park. It is a large park with fields and playgrounds. It is generally families that are meet there with younger children. The older generation tends to congregate in the morning at the Mexican food restaurant. This is the only restaurant in the community that I found. ● 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 ? The public areas of this community are very well kept. There is an active community organization in the small town. There are few small businesses in this area, agriculture business, and ranching. The school is being expanded all grade levels are on the same campus. There seems to be slow growth in the area but there is minimal building of new homes. Many of the homes in the downtown area are being refurbished at this time. The roads need repair and there are no side walks in the residential areas. There are no new businesses being built and no housing developments. There is a subsidized apartment complex. ● What places for employment are there is this area? Name the 4
Employment Opportunities businesses and industries in this area . The industry in this area is agriculture and small business. The jobs in this area are ranching, working for the electric company, automotive, and small businesses. There is a convenient store, liquor store and grocery also for employment. ● Transportation How to people get from one place to another? Is public transportation available? How timely is it? Personal autos? Bikes? Walking ? People in this area commute by car. There is no public transportation in provided to this area. It takes at least thirty minute to commute to a larger town. There is a school bus system for the kids at the public school.
- Spring '17