Since 2012, the City of El Paso has only grown by 7,472 people, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s only 1.1 percent. In four years.
The real value of homes in the El Paso Independent School District fell by three percent last year. That’s a sign of a failing economy.
We’re always going to have Fort Bliss. We’re always going to have border security. It’s our civilian population that’s disappearing.
I tell you, it’s a crisis.
So what does City Council think the answer is?
Baby changing stations.
I think baby changing stations are great. I have a baby. I sometimes change his diapers. But the city has bigger problems. Like hemorrhaging municipal debt, and the ongoing abuse and denigration of dissident citizens. i.e., the so-called Crazies. The City’s solution to our crisis is baby changing stations, and the battle over a downtown arena.
Lemme tell you, a downtown arena and baby changing stations aren’t going to solve our bigger problems. Lots of cities have downtown arenas. A downtown arena is not going to make El Paso cooler than other cities with downtown arenas and baby changing stations.
Who among us thinks that the lack of a downtown arena is El Paso’s biggest problem? Then why is the City devoting so much time and money to cramming a downtown arena down our throats? Do you suppose that private interests are influencing City Council’s decisions?
I do. Either that, or there’s a collective brain virus spread by an interplanetary mold in the old El Paso Times building. You know. Body snatchers.
Don’t we have bigger problems than the lack of a downtown arena? Wouldn’t it be nice if our elected officials came up with a plan to address those bigger problems?
Something besides baby changing stations?
Edited 29 August 2017. Bad math.