June 19th, 2009 1:46 PM by Caren McCourt-Crane
Yesterday at 5:24 p.m. I was pulling out of the Kohl's parking lot (or attempting to) onto the feeder road to the loop and I had to just stop. The line on the feeder road backed up far back along the feeder road itself and there was a line on the exit ramp of the loop that continued onto the loop itself.
I just had to stop for a moment to think - there's a lot of people in Midland.
In fact, if you would like to see the plan of development that the City of Midland has mapped out. You can find it here.
So, as we grow and grow - how do you as a current resident navigate our community's growth spurt and most specifically our traffic growth?
1- Give yourself enough time to get where you're going.
The truth is with our growth in Midland we can't make it across town in seven minutes flat. It takes longer now. And, even we are no traffic metropolis like Houston or Austin, it's often too long for native Midlanders! Give yourself time. If you will, you'll find that your mind becomes open to trying new routes and your patience grows.
2 - Bring something in the car to listen to.
Anything to listen to and to keep your mind focused will help you in the long run. I've always been a long time proponent of "auto university". In our busy word, those books on tapes can do wonders for you in town driving. Even if they put you to sleep for long trips, for in town driving you'll find them soothing.
3 - Take a moment to wind down before headed home.
I know that most of us travel at the speed of light and that's still not fast enough! But, think about slowing down your mind before you drive off at the end of the day. Many times we take our work home with us and carry it in our minds forever. If you take the time to slow your mind down before driving, you'll be safer for your self and be a nicer person when you arrive at your final destination.
I know I'm wanting you to stick around and be here enjoying Midland's great growth with us!