Finishing my day’s construction observation run down the block, these sense-of-place / time scenes appeared.
Born and bred Texans: a few photos may boggle your minds:
If I get a house again, I would like a generous, shady porch with some heavy walls like that one.
I bet some still disregard those two green desert dwellers. Crazy!
El Paso, being in Texas by several miles, is closer to the state capitols of Arizona and New Mexico, than it is to Texas’. The cultural pull here is to the large cities to the west: Phoenix and LA.
In fact, New Mexico’s governor Susana Martinez is from El Paso.
This might say it all.
The cultural pull to the yuppies is different – they want to recreate Austin here.
That’s misguided. From the number of native central Texans I’ve known and talked with, Austin is unique, and it didn’t become Austin by wanting to be somewhere else. Plus, from everywhere I’ve been in life, world-class places are themselves.
Huge difference. Case and point: Tucson, which seems at peace with itself!
El Paso needs to be like El Paso can be, and as some connected, native El Pasoans tell me, “we’re not Texas, New Mexico, or Mexico…we’re El Paso.”
Coming from 21+ years in EP’s tattooed biker sister to my north (ABQ), and having visited its pretty, hippieish sister to my west (TUS), I agree.
Los Cowboys y Nuevo México, y’all?