Has the local economy ever performed worse?
According to Census Bureau estimates, in the last year, the population of El Paso County grew by only 2,106 people, less than three tenths of one percent. By contrast, Webb County, which holds Laredo, grew by 3048 people, 1.1 percent, and Hidalgo County, home of McAllen, grew by 11,231, or 1.4 percent. San Antonio and Dallas and Houston all grew by lots more.
Remember when Bloomberg named El Paso as the U.S. city with the most domestic out-migration? The city the highest percentage of natives are ditching?
This didn’t happen overnight. People have to get pretty fed up to pull up stakes.
I think any sane person, not suffering from terminal hubris or the fear of being found out, would conclude that whatever goals we’ve been pursuing are not goals that benefit the community.
How bad does it have to get before our policy makers acknowledge the state of affairs and decide to do something different? Are we going to keep pretending that It’s All Good?
Wishing doesn’t make it so.