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The "Urban Sprawl" Poem for Houston, Texas

Just me, explaining myself through Poetry words. Words that have been in my head for years. Now inviting you to read and see what you think?

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What can you say about "Urban Sprawl"? Neighborhoods grow in the name of "Urbanization". Wildlife has to adapt to the new concrete monstrosities being built. People move into the area... until it becomes tired, and run-down. Who will rejuvenate the old businesses and residences in the old area?

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The "Urban Sprawl"...

Is Spread Out Wall-to-Wall.

The forests dense with life...so pristine and pure...

Have been torn up, paved, and plumbed with an 8 ft. high sewer.

Where the cows once grazed along a rural farm road barbed fence...

Are now Strip Centers, Model Homes,...and now filled with a human population that is dense.

Man has every right to the Land...

As long as it is managed properly by his hand.

There is no sense in tearing down Woods...and Pasture Land...

To put up another Convenience Store...and another Hamburger Stand.

15 years from now...this Neighborhood will be on the decline...

When it was previously...an undisturbed habitat...since the dawn of time.

You will pop this Subdivision up...in a short period of days...

And leave behind the way it was...and change it to your ways.

But...where will you be 15 years from now...when your Strip Center sits vacant...

You won't even come out to paint it...just use it as a write-off in lieu of payment.

The wonderful Countryside with a beautiful view...

Most now conform and adjust to whatever it is ...you do!

Man needs a place to Sprawl...It is as Natural as the World we are in...

But Man has no right to take without giving back...Give Nature a chance to return again.

If your Real Estate deal goes bust...and your building sits like part of a ghost town...

Then take responsibility for what you Created...Knock that useless thing all back down.

We were better served by birds in trees, and mammals...scampering all around...

Then from seeing your ugly ol' empty building sticking up...above the ground.

Man Creates, Man Designs, Man has New Dreams of Projects to do...

But Man builds something permanent...without a long term plan...or even a Clue.

Man has taken from this World...and Man has taken from Man...

Still doesn't give any Man the right to take...unless a Man has a Brilliant Plan.

You can not "Urbanize" for one brief moment in time...of all time...

And leave your buildings standing empty...with no use to anybody...of any kind.

"Urban Sprawl"...spreads out across the land....

Almost always...without a long-term plan.

Then wonders in amazement...when (*) "Carmeggeddon" occurs...and everything is congested.

How silly it makes Man look...that he did not plan for this...once his single roadways are infested.

Did you think you could build and build...without installing a pressure release valve by-pass...

Really...How many people moved into your City last year...How long would your narrow roadways last?

It is really silly when I look at the decisions of them who run a very large Metropolitan...

With their awkward plan for Growth and Lack of Vision...Who doesn't see the mess...like everyone else can.

I drove by a Horse Pasture today...

It is the only one left, near me...on a street called "Fuqua". [pronounced Fu'-kwá]

It won't be long now before it is paved over...Homes and Stores will be there...

Eventually they will get older...the newness will soon fade with wear.

People will move in and People will go...

It won't take long for the whole area to change...I know.

Was this the best use of this particular land?

Now that it is old...and empty buildings stand.

Who can say...except there will always be some kind of "Urban Sprawl"...

How can you lay down so much Concrete...without a long-term plan...at all?



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"The "Urban Sprawl"... Is Spread Out Wall-to-Wall..."


(*) term referenced as: A state of extreme traffic backup where one becomes so frustrated they feel the world is collapsing around them. "Carmageddon" definition by Urban Dictionary.

A (Fictional) "Before" and "After" Shot of a Future Subdivision

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What can you say about the "Urban Sprawl"? Neighborhoods grow in the name of "Urbanization"…Right? Everything gets mowed down and chased off as the new construction gets underway. Then, Everyone gets settled in. But many times the newness wears off after several years and people leave, sell or move on (often times to a newer place that just had everything mowed down in order to build). What long-term plan is there to put in place after everything in that area starts to die out and everything becomes old and vacant?

Point of reference: I grew up on the Southwestern end of Big City: Houston. The neighborhood kids, along with myself, used to watch the Sunset across a huge pasture which was literally the edge of Houston (on that part of town) at the end of our block. This pasture went for as far as the eye could see because there were other pastures and then plenty of open land after it. And, that was it...there was no more "Big City" left...even way out past the Houston City Limits...it was all Country land from there on out.

Then came "Urbanization"! Ok...I'm not trying to get all "teary" eyed about this topic. It Happens..."Urbanization" Happens! It just does.

However, (there is always an: "However"...in every Point of reference...Right?) The "Urbanization" came without lack of any planning...when "Houston" became a sudden "Boom-town"(Mid to Late '70s) ...and it hasn't slowed down since. Houston's growth was at about 61 miles by 61 miles of straight "Non-Stop" Urbanization when I wrote this back in 2011. That was an unofficial check that I did on Google Street View. By 2021, who knows how far it has stretched? Ok...Growth is good. "However"...there might be about 50 small towns around the Houston area that have become enveloped by it...that may or may not agree with Houston's growth being a good thing. But I can't say. I just know at what point the forest line started and the "Urbanization" ended...going back into the early '70s...if you headed straight North up Interstate 45. And, on this one particular point, I would rate myself as an "Expert".

So now that I made that point (and hopefully have still kept your interest), the area I once grew up in...that pasture I was telling you about...became a very nice subdivision with wonderful homes. That was in 1972. Famous professional sports players of Houston moved into it. It was that nice. In 1987, I pulled into a convenience store in that same neighborhood and felt like I was about to get robbed, in the middle of a bright sunshiny day.

That's my measuring stick, and the points I use for my reference. I apologize if it seems to be biased, but it is what it is. And my point being with all this:

A 15 year turnaround from brand new subdivision homes to an area in that same subdivision that you don't feel safe in...is a very quick turnaround from the once pristine pasture that lies beneath it all. So, that's why I feel motivated to write about "Urban Sprawl".

I ain't even going to talk about what traffic became in this fair city. Traffic just happens, too. I'll let the Poem (above) do all the mentioning of any "Traffic" as it may pertain to said Poem.

Vacant Gas Station and Convenience Store. Wonder How Long It Took To Be Put Up...Wonder How Long It Will Now Sit In This Place...VACANT!

Vacant Gas Station and Convenience Store. Wonder How Long It Took To Be Put Up...Wonder How Long It Will Now Sit In This Place...VACANT!

© 2011 ManlyPoetryMan

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