Christopher Collins, Texas, Jags discussed on Other Side of Texas
Eight hundred. But I think that cliff Kingsbury will be a goat. We got Christopher Collins coming up interview with him about the resurgence of rural community stick right with us. Big program ahead. Glad you're with us here on the other side. I some. All the stars of this guy. So. Jags. Did an interview with Christopher Collins texts. Observer a covers rural issues with the Texas observer and was glad to have his inaugural debut on the program. This is how the interview win oak. Enjoy it. Hey, we hear a lot about rural decline rural Texas decline redistricting here in a couple of sessions is going to center around decline in certain places growth and other places, but in some rural panhandle communities, they're not shrinking in fact, they're growing a crisper Collins with the texts observer done the piece about this about January three it's made the rounds. And I've seen pop up several times saw it would be good time to have them on the program. Christopher how were you? I'm good jab at yourself. We are rolling along buddy. As we do. Let's talk about some places in which you went and saw. Well, what got you thinking about the story? Let's start there. Yeah. So the center for American progress they had compiled census data and done a lot of crunching on those numbers. And at least report at some point last year that examined the the demographics and really granular way in communities across the nation. It wasn't just Texas Centric report. But I I got a hold of some of the some of the data in spreadsheets and things they used in that report. And so what I thought it was pretty interesting trend which was that and some rule communities, especially up towards the top of the panhandle and into the Oklahoma panhandle, and then then into Kansas. Also, there were communities smaller towns whose who had lost population on the the Anglo side, generally the native side, but generally generally lost Anglo population. However. Their populations had risen actually since nineteen ninety because of a growth in the immigrant population. And I it just made me curious. You know, these aren't towns that are dying franking. These are actually towns that are getting bigger and it's due to immigrants. You know? I want to know what that looks like, you know, what does that mean for community? How did they get transformed? Because of that, you would set you off on a course in you start off in del heart. Tell us what's going on in del art. And I was really I was really surprised. About Dell heart. I went up there with one of my colleagues gust Bova who writes about immigration for the observer, it is also fluent in Spanish, which was really important for this story. We went up there, and it is just not. What people think of is some are title rural Texas town like the sleepy little place. You know, we're not much happening. This place is just a buzz with activity. I mean, there's traffic at least even you know at midnight. When am there's still trucks on the road. There's cows being hauled the gas stations open twenty four seven, you know, the two told him you guys have up there in the panhandle. And there's just a lot going on it. It's as far as I can tell it's a prosperous really colorful busy place, and I found that really surprising. Actually, it's not what I thought was going to was going to happen. You know or listeners especially in the immediate area dalhart up in the north western part of the panhandle. Crossroads of fifty four three eighty five eighty seven a busy place. None the less, but abuzz with activity in win is it most the buzz cr-. Christopher collins. Well, when we were there, you know, there was during the day. You know, there's there's traffic a lot of Wichita agricultural or industrial cattle trailers semis that type of deal in the daytime. But we actually started this story with the bit of activity at nighttime guests, and I we went out to the potato for Larson farms and trailed some immigrant workers talked to him about the job and saw the type of work that they do. So even at you know, one A M two AM, you know, there's trucks going everywhere, there's all this activity. You know, thousands and thousands of millions of potatoes being Harvard bit so day or night. You know, there's there's stuff happening. And it's thanks to those things that a really a really good and really strong agricultural economy that they have up there, you know in between..