The city could help here

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


4 Responses to The city could help here

  1. Jerry K says:

    When I was director of the Housing Finance Corporation (2003-2006) we couldn’t bribe people with special loan terms and no down payment financing to live in the old neighborhoods. Anyone who qualified for a mortgage wanted to live in a new home near newer scools.

    It’s just the way it is. But then our customers weren’t cosmopolitan single childless hipsters; they were average El Pasoans. Apologies to Richard Florida and Joyce Wilson.


  2. Geoffrey Wright says:

    One difficulty is that the school districts feel that they have enough schools, they are just in the wrong places. So they close the school in the old central neighborhoods and build new ones at the edge, past the development because that is where land is cheap and available. What young family would want to move into an old neighborhood with no school? This policy is goes against any attempt to revitalize the center.


  3. Let’s not forget that this City’s leaders only focus on downtown’s “revitalization,” and the West Side! Our streets are still in need of repaving, all over town, but nothing is being done. I have lived here long enough to know that the city cares nothing about maintaining anything. Let it fall apart until some rich friend wants it, then you get it cheaper. Your point is well taken, and sadly, there appears to be no interest in changing this status quo.


  4. Deputy Dawg says:

    That is why Socorro and Clint are growing, EPISD and YISd are shrinking and Canutillo will be booming in a few years. It has more to do with where the new houses are, and thus where the new families are. Older neighborhoods don’t have younger people…It is just a fact of life. That being said, you are 100% correct Brutus that the city does pretty much nothing to encourage rehabilitation in older neighborhoods, unless they want to do a land grab for something.

    Look at neighborhoods such as the ones immediately north of WBAMC: Once a neighborhood full of medical white collar professionals, now declining rapidly. IT is not the people living in the neighborhood’s fault. They go where they can afford to live. But the point is, at one time, those houses were built to be afforded by upper middle class white collar medical professionals. Now they are not nearly worth the relative market value they had when they were built in the 1960s and 70s. Same for neighborhoods around Irvin, Andress and Austin High Schools. Once a neighborhood starts to lose it’s economic viability, which a city could and should try to keep alive, then the schools will follow. We have seen this played out at Bowie and Jefferson and now at Eastwood.

    The plan seems to be build out to the city limits, which is still a decade or so away. Maybe then the city will start to look inward towards older neighborhoods.


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