Since 1994, we have lived on a 10 acre property in rural Harris County, Texas near the town of Tomball about 30 miles northwest of Houston. I (Bob) was working for Enron and we were returning to Houston from a 5-year assignment in London. When we moved to the area, it was rural and mostly undeveloped. The property we found was perfect to support Cathie’s interest in horses. There was no zoning. Immediately to our north was a 60 acre Christmas farm. We knew the owners who also lived on the property well—even attended the same church (which they invited us to when we moved in). We were good friends also with our neighbors to the west who lived and ran a business on about 7 acres. We knew a few other people in the area casually.
About a half mile to our west, a ten-acre mobile home park had been operating with about 40 mobile homes since at least the early 1980’s. It was not a very nice place, but we ignored it even as we drove by on our way to town. It didn’t occur to me that residents of the park were be my ‘neighbors,’ probably because virtually all of the residents were Hispanic immigrants.