Tall City's Altered Population Sign Catches Midlanders' Eyes

Tall City's Altered Population Sign Catches Midlanders' Eyes

By Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's only three words, but those three words spoke volumes about the current attitude in Midland regarding the growing population.

The Midland City Limit population sign on Cottonflat Rd., was altered to give a different message. It now reads, "Population: Too Damn Many."

"I'm from Dallas and I think it's ridiculous," Robert Steep told NewsWest 9.

We asked other people who live in Midland, how they felt.

"There's quite a few people here in Midland, now," One man, who's been here since 1981, said.

The city said everyone's aware of the incredible growth.

"It's no secret that we're growing and we're growing at high rates. People who have been here, for 5, 10 years or even longer can see a real change," Sara Higgins, Public Information Officer with the City of Midland, said.

That change Higgins spoke of, is what's frustrated some who live here.

"It really makes it hard to drive around town," One resident said.

The estimated population for the City of Midland is somewhere in the area of 120,000 people. While some may think that's too many, the city said they're prepared for even more.

"The city's planning everything so that we are ready if we hit a population of 200,000 by 2028, so we're expecting to see consistent growth," Higgins said.

Consistent growth is what put Midland on the map. The city's been recognized by Forbes and CNN, not only for growth but for the unemployment rate as well.

Higgins said the growth didn't happen overnight.

"Every decade we have seen consistent growth with the exception of the 60's," she explained.

Even still, the Tall City's growing pains, while frustrating, could be much worse.

"If you compare Midland to Dallas, there's not too many damn people in Midland. You should go to Dallas for a weekend, and see how you like it there," Steep said.TX-Dot said the sign is government property, and no one should deface it. They said the sign will be removed.