Deputy Dawg made a good point the other day when commenting about the declining student enrollment at the El Paso Independent School District.
The problem is that families are moving out of older neighborhoods into new ones leaving some schools underutilized.
New developments get new roads, parks and other amenities. These are paid for by the developers with money the new homeowners pay for their houses.
Older neighborhoods see disintegrating streets and neglected parks.
Deputy Dawg made the point that our city government does little to make these older neighborhoods attractive, thus influencing people to move.
Our continued sprawl increases the costs of providing city services. We now see that it also costs us money as we build new schools. City council should pay more attention to the part of our city that already exists.
We deserve better