On a flight yesterday I finally caught up with my Texas Monthly pile. I saw the article on Duranguito. I thought it was very well written and captured a lot of the points that need to be maid... you know, how Duranguito was invented a year ago, but also how the area does have some cultural significance. I was dismayed, however, that Texas Monthly continues to lean on David Romo who makes it up as he goes... the guy is no more an expert on El Paso than I - being that neither of us live there. None of what he claimed about the area was true, and it's a shame they didn't catch that. Also, there was the hole Pancho Villa thing... The guy murdered Chinese people by the thousands because they were Chinese. There is no difference between Pancho and Hitler. I have no idea why El Pasoans can't see that.
The anti-arena crowd keeps moving their argument around. First it was the poor people, then it was something else and now it's the wording of the original ballot language. None of the matters because the single most important reason not to build an arena is that there are no events to have in that arena. Sports or otherwise, there's nothing that will occupy that space to generate money to take care of it.
How do I know this?
If there was a need of a facility to house events in El Paso because the market wasn't being served - there'd be a private effort to serve that market. If Celine Dione and Justin Beiber were dying to come to El Paso but couldn't find the space to perform, I guarantee there'd be private money remedying that problem. However, you don't have any interest in that kind of investment because there is no market for it.
Forget about historic neighborhoods and poor people. Simply ask the city to prove up who, or what, will occupy that space for at least a couple of weeks a month. If they can't do that, then they should scrap the idea.