Here’s a killer story from Chucopedia by Moncia Krause about the neighbors who live in the footprint and the shadow of the new downtown arena.
They’ve been lucky to live in a place that they love and can afford, but their luck has run out. Their snug neighborhood, tucked among storefronts, art galleries, a parking garage and bus depots, will be bought by the city of El Paso and torn down to build a multipurpose arena. They’ll move somewhere — they have no idea where, though they hope to stay nearby. The city has pledged to help with moving costs and half a year’s rent wherever they wind up, but they doubt they’ll ever find a place as affordable and as pleasant.
There are human consequences to what the suits propose.