Country life is changing | Manvel, Texas Photographer

In the 1930’s my husband’s grandfather Valentino and his brother Angelo bought land in Manvel for $15.00 an acre. They owned a dairy farm and eventually owned more than 300 acres.

Today that same land is worth $45,000 and acre and the demand for land here is quite high.

We have called Manvel our home for almost 38 years. Life here is quiet. peaceful and relaxing.

The sun rises across an empty pasture and the view is breathtaking in the early morning.

We can go into our backyard and sit and look at empty pasture and listen to the cows Moo. There is no traffic noise here and no hustle and bustle of city life.

You know all your neighbors and their dogs and cats.

Our small town of Manvel,Texas is exploding and it just happens to be one of the fastest growing towns in Texas.

I know that development is a good thing but it is taking over, closing in and soon all the wide open spaces will be gone.

What will happen to our future generations when there are no more wide open spaces? What will happen when there is no more green space?

At our house, the noises you hear are tractors, cows, roosters, sheep and dogs barking but that has all changed recently. The rumbling of big equipment clearing land that was once pasture land for cows, making roads that will be part of another subdivision.

This not only affects us but it affects the wildlife in our area where will all the wildlife go?

We were hoping this would wait until after we retired in a few more years but it is looking like it will be sooner. This is upsetting to both of us because we are really not ready to move.

It will be a sad day when the developers offer to buy my mother in laws land and our home and property. Not too many people can say they raised their family in one house and never moved. We will miss this place we call Home especially since we have been here so long. It does not matter how much money we are offered for our property we will be losing our home and that is what means the most to us.

When you have to think about what you will do when this happens it’s hard. We have no idea where we will go or what we will do but most likely we will head for the hills probably the Texas Hill Country. There we can find some land in the country where it is quite and peaceful. A wide open sky full of stars that is not polluted by city lights. We need a place free from the noise pollution of city life.

Where ever we go I need to hear the cows moo and be surrounded by wildlife. I want to watch the sunrises and the sunsets without anything interfering and blocking my view.

Life is changing, we are getting older and soon we will be looking for a new place to live. All we really know is we need to live in a place that is free from all this development. We need a place that has wide open spaces, fresh air, and nature.





8 thoughts on “Country life is changing | Manvel, Texas Photographer

  1. There does need to be wide open spaces and places the animals can go. Unfortunately it has been happening all over the country, and worse yet, so much of the American economy is based on this type of growth that when it stops, the economy tanks. I hope you can find a nice quiet place to retire.

  2. We go to places like Baytown Nature Center to have hope that nature will survive after people. It’s refreshing to know that even concrete can’t last forever!

    We are smack dab in the middle of all the development. The wildlife regularly in my yard which is open to a waterway is evidence that they have no other place to go.

  3. The loss of wide open spaces and nature is sad, but inevitable with growing populations.

    I am trying to ensure that Wilden Marsh, which is hemmed in by industry and residential estates, is not chipped away at until it has disappeared all to together.

    We are forced into lamenting the rapid reduction in our nature habitats, or we can try to do something about it.

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