CORPUS CHRISTI — A local builder brought up some interesting, convincing counter-arguments to my comments last week about sprawl. For one, what I called sprawl, he calls growth.
Whatever it is, a lot of it has occurred in my lifetime. When I was in ninth grade, Saratoga Boulevard was the city limit. By the time I graduated from Carroll High School, streets in Club Estates on the other side of Saratoga were paved and many houses there were occupied. This is ancient news. Subdivision construction hop-scotched Oso Creek long ago.
Many of the homeowners I know on the other side of the creek were born and raised here. But I’ll go along with the builder and concede that they represent growth because whatever homes they moved out of, they or their families probably sold or rented out long ago, possibly to newcomers.
I just think there are smarter ways to grow. Some new subdivisions have yards big enough to farm. The homeowners are city folks, not farmers. It makes more sense to scrunch city folks a bit closer together, since most of them don’t like yard work anyway.
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