Peter Svarzbein ... you want to make El Pasoans happy?
MOVE WESTERN PLAYLAND back to ASCARATE PARK.
I guarantee that will have greater impact with Quality of Life in El Paso than your costly resurrection of the El Paso Trolleys.
I get it, Western Playland and Lakeside El Paso just aren’t cool enough to bother with and attach your name to.
Call me a naysaying, backwards, anti-progress El Pasoan but progress isn’t always measured by how much City projects set back the taxpayer.
Some questions for you...
Where will the annual $2.5 million estimated costs to run these come from? Will we taxpayers be expected to once again pony up our $$$ to feed your ego-driven project?
You mention that there is a possibility of collateral investment in downtown because of the Trolleys...we’ve heard this song and dance before and have yet to see any real revitalization in DWNTWN other than the mini-hotel bubble that incidentally won’t be contributing to the tax base that you are always telling us will begin to pay so we don’t have to. You can’t stop giving them corporate welfare in the form of tax incentives so we continue funding mayor Margo and city council projects while you tax us into oblivion.
Why is it so hard for you and the rest of City Hall to admit we just don’t have the right location to ever become a serious tourist draw for people who live several hundred miles away?
Who cares if our trolleys are older than the Hyde Park Trolley in San Francisco? We are not San Francisco. Our trolleys will not attract thousands of tourists daily. We might get a few curious locals that will ride them but you aren’t going to make tourists out of El Pasoans.
If you think your pet Streetcar project is El Paso’s Riverwalk, then that river must be “deNile” because you have some grandiose ideas that aren’t rooted in any kind of reality.
Instead of focusing on the rare visitor looking for something to do in El Paso, how about you work on real world projects that benefit all El Pasoans instead of these stratospheric pricetag novelty/vanity pet projects that make you feel good all over.
Build the Latino Cultural Center. Revitalize Lincoln Park. Get Western Playland back where it brought smiles to El Pasoans far and wide.
Get real, man.