The news has been pretty quiet about Asarco lately, as has any discussion about what the citizens of El Paso would like to see done with the site. Yes, in the end, we might not have final say, but we need to at least let our voices be heard. So consider this “Living El Paso’s” idea for what I would like to see done at that currently contaminated piece of land.
First, I want to see a learning/research center built. Its focus will be on the history of Asarco and its impact on El Paso over the last 100+ years. Also, it will serve as a facility where research can be done on the effects of energy use and ways to improve future energy consumption (in conjunction with UTEP and school districts) This could become a world class institution where people from around the world come to study/learn.
Another floor of the center could serve as a museum that takes visitors through an interactive exhibit that shows Asarco from its birth to its end (managed by El Paso Museum of History?)
At the very top could be an observation floor/deck where people can host receptions/fundraisers/speakers etc..
On top of that, it would be architecturally unique and feature large windows that allow visitors to take in El Paso’s beautiful geography and sky. Kinda like the picture below
So the building would be my phase one. What would you do different? I will share phase 2 with you tomorrow.
If we come together and voice what we want as a community, then maybe they will listen to us. IF we come together, we can be very influential. I really want ideas, so don’t be afraid to share, just type them into the comment box.
My name is David and I am living El Paso.