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Old 11-14-2008, 04:45 PM
 
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That was a great article and video and I do believe that it is going to get better for our downtown and the city as a whole. The private investors currently investing in downtown El Paso are not kidding around when they talk about seeing a brighter future for downtown and they are putting their money where their mouths are by buying up chunks of downtown buildings and properties.

I don't blame a lot of the folks that believe that nothing will change. This city has disappointed many people in the past with empty promises..so I can understand them. But with so much change coming up in the near future for El Paso..I am one of those who do think that this city will rise once again.

BTW, has anyone seen how the new doubletree hotel is looking lately in downtown? It is starting to look really nice from the westside of the building.
Chuco, I sure hope you are right. It's great that the do nothing land owners like the Dipps are no longer owners of the old Hilton/Plaza Hotel. To let this fine building sit there and deteriorate into a shabby ghetto like facility was pitiful. Hopefully the new owners will do something to develop an upscale, improved down town district.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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Did the article mention how the 25% cut to the military will affect us and the falling value of the peso?
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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Many towns have tried re-vitalizing their downtowns with varying degrees of success. El Paso's downtown should improve somewhat but there is not enough evidence to say it will be a boom.

Miner do you have some special expertise in this matter? or interest? Be honest with us.

The doubletree is a project by Atty Jim Scherr a friend for the past 30 years or so. He was crafty with the financing. Unless all El Paso's improvements come with local money from people who do not invest elsewhere , ELP will be somewhat subjected to national trends. The operative word is somewhat.

I thought of getting the building at 1217 Mesa but the agents lied about the condition etc. I had friends and wanted to see the roof - they forgot the ladder. I then asked when it had been last fixed they said 2 years ago - I asked for the roofer Sunland Roofing. I called Sunland roofing and a lady answered that it had been her husband's business but it closed when he died --- 8 years ago! Some of the tenants let me see their apts - every one had a leak.

William Abraham has some interesting land and properties but he doesnt answer his phone or his mail and he's let them deteriorate substantially. Historic properties - the city needs to get on him.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I still resent the fact that the Abrahams can purchase these old building and let them deteriorate for years. They pay minimal property taxes far below true value. Makes one wonder what ties they have to the Central Appraisal District.

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Many towns have tried re-vitalizing their downtowns with varying degrees of success. El Paso's downtown should improve somewhat but there is not enough evidence to say it will be a boom.

Miner do you have some special expertise in this matter? or interest? Be honest with us.

The doubletree is a project by Atty Jim Scherr a friend for the past 30 years or so. He was crafty with the financing. Unless all El Paso's improvements come with local money from people who do not invest elsewhere , ELP will be somewhat subjected to national trends. The operative word is somewhat.

I thought of getting the building at 1217 Mesa but the agents lied about the condition etc. I had friends and wanted to see the roof - they forgot the ladder. I then asked when it had been last fixed they said 2 years ago - I asked for the roofer Sunland Roofing. I called Sunland roofing and a lady answered that it had been her husband's business but it closed when he died --- 8 years ago! Some of the tenants let me see their apts - every one had a leak.

William Abraham has some interesting land and properties but he doesnt answer his phone or his mail and he's let them deteriorate substantially. Historic properties - the city needs to get on him.
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