The Real Problems

Here’s an interesting story from the Atlantic, analyzing census date using a new tool from the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the charts, El Paso is the second worst city for median earning for young people, and the second worst city for young people to have a job. Did I say that right?

So you know what we need? A Triple A ballpark. Some top-down gentrification of downtown. A performing arts center a professional soccer team can use.

We’re one of the poorest cities in the nation. We are never going to be a playground for the rich. Are those glittery gewgaws are just a distraction while the local fat cats re-purpose city government.

What if we’d spent that $220 million we’d spent on the ballpark on seed money for local businesses, or college scholarships, or free city-wide broadband?

The big problem is that the people who are making the real decisions are old men who live in gated communities, and who aren’t current. They think that they can milk the middle class, when the middle class doesn’t even have milk money anymore. Instead of figuring out what El Paso can do for the rich, they should work on the real problem, which is making everyone in El Paso a little richer.

End of rant. Thanks for listening.

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