Midland's Latest Oil Boom Strains Housing, Schools

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MIDLAND — In the desolate outskirts of this thriving West Texas oil town, two men recently showed off a new, 400-square-foot wood cabin they hope to rent out for $1,500 a month. A planned expansion includes spaces for 30 recreational vehicles and nine additional cabins — and maybe more.

“This morning the boss man was asking if we could duplicate this across the fence,” said Danny Wallace, who works for Jones Bros. Dirt & Paving Contractors, the company developing the site.

Housing as pricey as New York City’s has become the norm in Midland, amid an oil boom that is rapidly ...

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