First, I apologize for the absence the past few days. I didn’t get to post on Thursday and Friday because I left for Goldthwaite, TX for a wedding and did not return until last night. While my phone service was spotty, I did manage to receive some e-mails and also saw that a few of you commented on a couple posts and I will respond to those as soon as I can. I was reading the El Paso Times this morning and came across an article that talked about the plaza movie festival.
We owe many thanks to Eric Pearson and the rest of the organizers who put on such a great event and I am so happy a lot of you made your way downtown to experience it. These are the types of events that will define us as a community and are essential building blocks to having El Paso meet its potential.
This past weekend, I wrote my first guest column in the El Paso Times. I am very honored to have been one of the four that was chosen and I look forward to sharing the El Paso experience with others.
Part 2 Asarco
On Wednesday, I spoke about how I would like a new building built that would focus on featuring a museum, a learning center, and meeting facility. I have spoken with a few other people since then and they have mentioned the need to preserve some of the buildings there as they are historic and definitely hold a certain value to the community. When I heard this, it made me think of Gas Works Park in Seattle. The picture to your right is Gas Works Park after the environmental clean up was done. The site was once used as a plant that manufactured gas from coal and then oil. When the plant shut down, the city acquired the property in 1962 and by 1975, it was opened to the public as a park. The foresight by Seattle’s civic leaders is a vision that I hope our civic leaders also hold.
I would really be disappointed to see the area turned into an industrial district or a large parking lot. I hope that many of the old structures can remain and be refurbished. While this process might take a while, the time to start planning is now. The man behind Gas Works Park is an architect by the name of Richard Haag. Maybe we should bring him to look at the site and then have him offer his ideas on what he thinks would be best.
As soon as a trustee is chosen by the State, Asarco can take that next step towards a new beginning.
My name is David and I am living El Paso.