No, not emergency contraception. We missed that boat years ago.
It’s time to stop pretending like those Quality of Life projects are going to spur economic development. They’re not. They never were.
If our tax base were growing, we might be able to wait till we grew into those projects, like our big brother’s clothes. But El Paso’s tax base has been shrinking since 2012.
The City won’t admit it. The local media won’t ask about it. Because it’s unpatriotic. Our city “leaders” can’t let on, because they’re afraid it’ll scare prospective businesses away.
So we talk about downtown development, and we keep throwing money at it, and we get more hotels and bars and now an office tower, but no real economic growth. Those projects are just cannibalizing business from other parts of town.
The only investment we get are gullible investors who think they can build million dollar condos, or rent downtown apartments for $2,500 a month.
Lemme tell you. No responsible businessmen are considering a move to El Paso. Hell, even the call centers are leaving.
All we’re getting are hotels and restaurants and public works projects. New hotels and restaurants are just divvying up the existing pie, and those public works projects aren’t going to last forever. It might be another twenty years till the federal government drops another million bucks on El Paso, and we have plenty of highway infrastructure for a community who’s population is dwindling, so we can’t count on TxDOT to keep the fire going.
The definition of insanity is City Council. Also, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
The proof is in the pudding, and our pudding tastes like gruel.