New Braunfels | July 2020

NEWBRAUNFELS EDITION

VOLUME 3, ISSUE 8  JULY 13AUG. 9, 2020

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Separate but not equal

Still ghting today: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New Braunfels on June 2 and June 6 to peacefully protest for police reform after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. protests today

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Students gather for a photo at Booker T. Washington Negro School sometime between 1951 and 1960. (Courtesy Cordelia Grant)

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Black inNewBraunfels The history of the black community

“To me personally (and I hope the same is also so for the majority ofmy countrymen) it is not evident why thesemen to whom almighty God gave a black colored skin, should belong to others to whom he gave a white skin, to treat as a horse, a dog,” Solms-Braunfels wrote in 1846. As Solms-Braunfels hoped, slave ownership was less com- mon among Germans, and a slave schedule from the 1860 census, preserved by the Sophienburg Museum, recorded 193 slaves and 26 slave owners in Comal County, which had a pop- ulation of 4,030.

2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

BY WARREN BROWN

SPONSOREDBY • GVEC Home • Meritage Homes

New Braunfels has been a lesser-known, if not reluctant, battleground for equality since soon after it was founded in 1845 by Germany’s Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels. Texas was a slave state, but Solms-Braunfels went against the grain of most Texans in his disdain for the practice.

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2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

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Real estate inventory in New Braunfels dropped signicantly after sellers pulled their homes from the market or put moving plans on hold due to the pandemic. Months of inventory, or how long it would take to sell every home without new listings, dropped 36.48% year-over-year. 2019 2020

SPRING SLOWDOWN IN NEW BRAUNFELS

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MONTHS OF INVENTORY

NUMBER OF ACTIVE LISTINGS

AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET

800 700 600 500 400 200 300 100 0

80 70 60 50 40 20 30

0 1 2 3 4 5

-36.48% year-over-year

-34.35% year-over-year

-11.89% year-over-year

10 0

DINING

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SOURCE: FOUR RIVERS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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