Jim and I have been coming to visit The Woodlands for a number of years now as our daughter moved here before we did, and we more or less followed her here after we retired. We’ve seen this place grow and grow and grow. Every now and then, I’d ask what the population was currently, and of course, it was always growing. Then we moved here. (You know how it is, once you get to a place you like, you sort of want it to stop growing! It’s clear that that isn’t going to happen here any time soon though.)
Well, we’ve been stuck in traffic in the middle of the day a time or two, especially on Research and on Woodlands Parkway, and I’d joke that there must be 100,000 people living in The Woodlands, and another 100,00 working for the first 100,000. There are so many “worker bees” out and about. You can’t miss them.
Monday night, at the Grogan’s Mill Village Assn. Meeting, our new Sheriff’s Department Community Liaison Officer was introduced. His name is Paul Cassidy, and he stood up and spoke to the assembled group for a few minutes. During the course of his remarks, he casually mentioned that there are 44,000 children in The Woodlands! 44,000! Wow! No wonder they’re everywhere. Can’t go out your front door without tripping over a kid.
He also stated that he believes we’ll hit the 125,000 population mark sooner than expected. Very soon, in fact, and that — get this — on any given day, the daytime “population” around here, which would be counting all those worker bees, office personnel, teachers, restaurant and retail people, shoppers, visitors, etc., that on any given day, there are from 350,000 to 400,000 people in The Woodlands! Holy Cow! No wonder there’s so much traffic. It’s a wonder that we get around here as well as we do.
This is good to know. It sort of puts things in perspective, and personally, it gives me a lot of respect for the folks who work to keep traffic flowing and to keep us safe all the way around. They have quite a job!