The City announced today that the new $180 million arena will be built in that cool historic neighborhood south of the Civic Center.
You’ll remember that the voters approved the arena back in 2012, along with a package that included museum and library upgrades, a Chicano cultural memorial, an interactive digital wall, and a new children’s museum.
But the question then and now is, Who wants a downtown arena?
Obviously some special interests are pulling the strings to get that arena done. No justification has been offered for a facility that duplicates other facilities, like the Haskins Center, the Civic Center, and the Coliseum. The powers behind the throne of City government stuck it in with stuff like library upgrades, and a children’s museum, apparently in the hope that the voters eyes would glaze over and they wouldn’t notice that the City was dropping $180 million for some facility we don’t really need.
But whether we need it or not, we’ll be paying for it for a long time.
You know, they can scrub the archives of NewspaperTree, and selectively delete old stories from the El Paso Times website, but bloggers will remember who gifted us all this shiny expensive stuff that will vault us into first place as the city with the highest property tax rates in the country.