Deciphering what’s happening at City Hall is like trying to see the truth through a cracked crystal.
The Department of Community and Human Development spent 18 months looking into creating affordable housing for residents with an annual income less than $30,000.
According to the department, an increase in affordable housing will spur growth throughout the entire city and create a pathway for outside development to begin in El Paso.
Tommy Gonzalez, city manager of El Paso, says densely populated growth is necessary despite some council members not liking the idea.
“A lot has been said about the streetcar in downtown. Issue with that is, you don’t have a lot of density in downtown and uptown. It doesn’t make any common sense to think there will be a lot of ridership there needs to be higher level of density,” said Gonzalez.
Wait. Is that what he really said?
I watched the video, and that quote in the written story needs some punctuation, at least, but let’s not quibble. Mr. Gonzalez definitely seems to be saying that we need more density, via affordable housing, to justify the streetcar.
We all know that the reason the streetcar isn’t popular is because it takes longer and comes more sporadically than the buses. We all know that the streetcar isn’t popular because the streetcar doesn’t go anywhere that people want to go.
Unless, maybe, you got drunk in downtown Juarez and need a ride to your home in Kern.
But I digress.
Why would the City want to build affordable housing in downtown? To justify the streetcar?
Couldn’t we just mothball the streetcar, and break it out for Christmas, and Chalk the Block, and the film festival? Couldn’t we make it special?
Who benefits from the City’s building binge?
Certainly not the taxpayers.
Obviously, the only beneficiaries are the contractors. The City is taking our tax dollars and giving them to builders.
The builders get a good return on their campaign donations. They drop a couple of grand on some candidates’ elections, and get millions back.
City Council is selling you out for pennies on the dollar.