As some of you know, I was traveling back home to Orlando from El Paso yesterday. I got home past midnight and, therefore, today I am just going to share a few quick observations about what I saw yesterday in El Paso.
Although, I understand that Interstate 10 (I-10) is undergoing some repaving and upgrades, I was sad to experience the significant deteriorated streets on both I-10 and the streets on the west side of town. They are in bad shape, but hey you all have ballpark.
I also got to see the new digs for city council ever since they demolished city hall to make room for the ballpark. I still do not believe the ballpark was a good investment for the city so I realize my comments will betray that feeling. However, the city council chambers does not represent, in my opinion, the 17th largest city in the nation. It is what it is, a building that was refurbished to make way for the city council chambers.
Clearly, it is not a building that was designed for government offices. To me, they look like temporary quarters which only means that taxpayers will soon be paying to build another palace for an official to plaster their name on.
I realize it was Tuesday morning but downtown El Paso seemed empty. Not sure if it was the time, day or downtown is just not as busy as I remember it.
The ballpark, from the outside, just didn’t seem all that exciting. I took some pictures from the gates and it looked small to me. I am not a baseball fan so I have nothing to compare it to, but I did attend a few Cohen Stadium games and I just wasn’t impressed with the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball field. Does this betray my disgust of the fleecing of the taxpayers? Probably, but nonetheless, I wasn’t impressed.
Tomorrow, I am going back on my blog routine. You can expect a write up about the El Paso Children’s Hospital.
It was nice to have the opportunity to see some of you. I got to spend some time with some wonderful friends. I look forward to seeing those of you that I didn’t get to meet with next time I am in town.