El Paso: No. 1 Again!

El Paso is getting national recognition again, this time in a Bloomberg survey of the Top Twenty Cities Americans are Ditching.

El Paso, Texas, the city that residents fled from at the fastest pace, also saw a surprisingly small number of foreigners settling in given how close it is to Mexico.

“A lot of young, reasonably educated people are having a hard time finding work there,” Stoll said. “They’re not staying in town after they graduate,” leaving for the faster-growing economies of neighboring metro areas like Dallas and Austin, he said.

Don’t they know we’ve got Triple A baseball? Don’t they know It’s All Good? Couldn’t they hold off till the swimming pool’s finished?

I know that correlation is not causality, but this exodus coincides a little too neatly with the highhanded, and ham-handed, attempts to improve the quality of life here in the Mexoplex.

Maybe we should change our slogan to Some of It’s Not Too Bad.

I think it’s time we retooled our grand experiment with economic development. Would it be too much to expect some results? Just a little?

It’s almost as if the people in charge of economic development were trying to stop it. But that’s just crazy talk. In their defense, they’re probably just incompetent.


  1. How’s this for a great new slogan for the city?

    El Paso – A Great Place To Be From!

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