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Coalition to Preserve Neighborhood Slated for Arena to Present Petition to City Monday

Paso del Sur (PDS), a coalition to preserve Duranguito in Union Plaza, will be submitting over 2,400 signatures to the City of El Paso, in hopes of saving the neighborhood in downtown, slated for demolition for the proposed arena.

The petitions are the result of several weeks of collection and request that a Historic-overlay be established in Duranguito, creating the historic district that the city’s own architectural survey had recommended 19 years ago.

According to the group’s news release, the coalition includes “residents of Barrio Duranguito, the small business owners of El Tiradero Market, Paso del Sur, the El Paso History Alliance, as well as the people of El Paso who stand against the displacement of our communities and the erasure of our history.”

PDS Officials go on to state, “This petition is a direct call by the registered voters of El Paso County to Mayor Oscar Leeser, City Council Representatives Peter Svarzbein, Jim Tolbert, Emma Acosta, Carl L. Robinson, Dr. Michiel Noe, Claudia Ordaz, Lily Limon, Cortney Niland and their successors to designate Duranguito as a historic district and prevent the demolition of El Paso’s first and oldest neighborhood.”

 “The city propaganda machine would have us believe that the fight for Barrio Duranguito has been lost—that there is only one holdout in the neighborhood unwilling to sell. However, with the submission of this petition we will show that the people of El Paso stand firm, in solidarity with the residents and small business owners in Duranguito, calling on the Mayor and City Council Representatives of El Paso to move the arena, not the people.” PDS officials added.

The petition will be submitted to City Clerk Richarda Duffy Momsen at her office Monday afternoon. Officials say that immediately after the petition is turned in, a statement will be given to the media in front of City Hall.

To read our previous coverage of the arena saga, click HERE.  Photo gallery courtesy Jon Eckberg

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2 comments

  1. The City of El Paso should never waiver to these Paso del Sur Neanderthals! and the 2,400 petitions gathered opposing the downtown arena should be considered VOID! These signatures are from the naysayers that voted against the downtown arena back in 2012 during the Quality of Life Bond Issues.
    Don’t let them fool you EL PASO! because these people are nothing but anti progress anti El Paso anti El Chuco anti future generations of El Pasoans. They don’t want to change they don’t want to progress they just want to continue having the rest of us support their lazy radical cause.
    And enough is enough with these people, they will continue on with their negativity ways and with their insisting that this so called Durangito is a beautiful part of our Mexican American Community Heritage. Well I’m ashamed, because they definitely don’t represent our real true culture and we don’t want to live or dwell in the past. We have way more than enough well preserved old homes,buildings of all sorts including churches,schools etc to be proud of.
    I don’t know whats the deal here but the El Paso Herald Post keeps posting the same garbage over and over again with these ridiculous photos. The more they continue to post them, the more the city should hurry up and start demolishing this dump and start building the downtown arena.
    Honestly the real first neighborhood that was there before the Union Plaza is gone,it’s been gone for over a hundred and twenty five years ago. It was replace by a few low income presidio dwellings about a dozen houses, a brothel whore house,a fire house that’s no longer in use and a Chinese Laundry and some blighted dilapidated warehouses.
    Also remember that the Paso del Sur also was responsible for derailing the 2006 Plan El Paso, and given that at that time they might have had a good cause. Because they were mainly protesting about preserving the Segundo Barrio south of Paisano Street.But then they started getting on peoples nerves when this same group ventured north of Paisano Street and started protesting about the formation of Southwest University Park Stadium. My point is that these idiots didn’t even want El Paso to experience a way better quality of life they want to keep El Paso looking pretty much like a Third World City.
    Besides these people don’t fix nothing,they don’t improve nothing they don’t modernize anything they just expect freebies and I’m not going to get into that. That is for them themselves to figure out on their own and with this being said, that is why I’m voting for Dee Margo to be El Paso’s next mayor come June 10th.

  2. And one more thing! back in the late 1960’s the City of El Paso received a HUD Grant in the some of $100 million dollars to build low income housing and to relocated people from the Segundo Barrio to the Lower Valley. I was there and I experienced the total destruction of a beautiful environment that was then known as Lower Valley as we were the very first to get this bombshell by the undesirables. Both of my grandparents were by then deceased in the 1960’s and their farm property was the first to go. Mind you that there was a huge exodus of people that had to move out of the valley as new strangers started to move in and take over everything. Crime also went up and things would never be the same thereafter, so maybe this is my way of revenge to get back at the city. At least it’s a good kind of revenge because everyone gets to benefit from a nice state of the art downtown arena.

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