El Paso is a great town. The people are friendly and unpretentious. The weather’s good, mostly. The sunsets are often spectacular. A foreign country is just minutes away, and some of Mexico’s culture has seeped into our city.
I grew up here, so I’ve got that cultural thing down. And El Paso is culturally unique. No other city in the world is like El Paso. If you’ve mastered a skill set that works in El Paso, you’ll never use all of it anyplace else.
But man, the local government sold us out. I guess they don’t like El Paso.
And they’re adamant about it.
Tell me, what are El Paso’s shortcomings, and what will “downtown revitalization” do to alleviate them?
Educational attainment? Yeah, that’s a problem. But ballparks and arenas won’t cure that. And the money we spend on ballparks and arenas is money that we won’t be able to spend on education.
A lack of industry? Local government and their shills tell you that El Paso needs a vibrant downtown to attract out-of-town businesses. You know. “Every great city has a great downtown.” In reality, “downtown revitalization” is a growth industry these days. Every city big and small in America is either pushing downtown revitalization or has already fleeced the taxpayer with a downtown revitalization plan. “Downtown revitalization” is a convenient rubric for giving taxpayer money to private interests, often through public/private partnerships. Los Angeles became a great city before it had a great downtown. Their downtown revitalization started in the early 2000s. El Lay was a great city way before that.
Low wages? High taxes? Obesity?
A lack of baby-changing stations in City buildings?
Wasting money on downtown revitalization won’t fix any of El Paso’s problems. Anyone who tells you different is lying.