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Old 03-12-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Very pretty photos. I've been through El Paso several times, but not for many years now. It reminds me a lot of southern California, my home state...gosh, I just love mountains. It is amazing the crime is so low.
El Paso shouldn't remind you of anything other than the glory of Texas.

 
Old 03-12-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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Where are the pictures of rows upon rows of shanties stacked on top of each other just across the border?

....any mention of El Paso isn't complete without that in my opinion.

Oh and the colorful displays of multi-hued vomit downtown.

"Look kids, I bet you've never seen *that* color before!"

Seriously, downtown El Paso was a third world country where nothing opened on time and every other nook and cranny reeked of urine.


It's probably really nice if you have money and live outside of town though.
 
Old 03-13-2009, 12:12 AM
 
Location: H-town!
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Hey buddy, El Paso only gets a dozen or so days over 100 degrees with very little humidity unlike central Texas that average many summer days over 95 degrees with horrible humidity. By the way, there are no "bandidos" running across the border into El Paso, in fact El Paso has been ranked the 2nd or 3rd safest large city in the nation for the last decade or so and had only 16 murders last year, not bad for a city of 650k and metro area of 850k specially if you compare it to cities of similar size like Tucson which had 104 murders last year!! And no, the violence across the border has not spilled over to our side at all. El Paso is full of federal agents like border patrol, US Customs, INS, DEA, FBI, Marhalls which make it very hard for cartel gangsters to try anything stupid on this side. Basically what I am trying to say is that El Paso is much safer than where you yourself reside but also know that El Paso has an image problem and it's a much better place than what people give it credit for. I also have pictures of El Paso to show not just the stereotypical picture of Juarez you posted.

El Paso's annual Balloon Festival












Rio Grande in El Paso's upper valley





El Paso's Feather Lake Wildlife Sanctuary at 9500 North Loop is a 40
acre wetlands park where you can enjoy bird watching.









Butterfield Trail Golf Course was considered one of the top 10 new courses when it opened.


Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino with the Franklins in the background.






Wyler Aerial Tramway is the only one opened to the public in Texas
Waiting for the tram to come down







On top of Ranger Peak at 7,000 feet altitude.


Las Palmas Marketplace












Landry's restaurant


Hugging the Franklin Mountains close to Trans Mountain.

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Mexican Poppies on Castner Range next to Franklin Mountains State Park.


Historic El Paso Plaza Theater
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El Paso Insights Science Museum
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El Paso Museum of History
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Those were pretty cool pictures. I didn't know El Paso had greenery like this. I thought it was just desert and mountains.
 
Old 03-13-2009, 06:12 AM
 
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Where are the pictures of rows upon rows of shanties stacked on top of each other just across the border?

....any mention of El Paso isn't complete without that in my opinion.

Oh and the colorful displays of multi-hued vomit downtown.

"Look kids, I bet you've never seen *that* color before!"

Seriously, downtown El Paso was a third world country where nothing opened on time and every other nook and cranny reeked of urine.


It's probably really nice if you have money and live outside of town though.
I do remember looking across the Rio Grande and seeing the sadness. I've never been to downtown El Paso. I've only driven through the city on my way to beautiful California and haven't been that way via vehicle since 1984. I just remember the mountains and palm trees, very nice. Yes, it's usually the humans that ruin God's nature and make much of the nation undesireable.
 
Old 03-13-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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El Paso shouldn't remind you of anything other than the glory of Texas.


Actually, the mountains and palm trees do remind me somewhat of Southern California. It's Texas, but it shares a similar biome to many parts of Southern California.
 
Old 03-13-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Originally Posted by brubaker View Post
Where are the pictures of rows upon rows of shanties stacked on top of each other just across the border?

....any mention of El Paso isn't complete without that in my opinion.

Oh and the colorful displays of multi-hued vomit downtown.

"Look kids, I bet you've never seen *that* color before!"

Seriously, downtown El Paso was a third world country where nothing opened on time and every other nook and cranny reeked of urine.


It's probably really nice if you have money and live outside of town though.
That part you are referring is a one mile eyesore stretch that can be seen trough I-10 and it shows one of the worst parts of Cd. Juarez. But that city is much much more than those slums. It's a very industrious city of 1.6 million hardworking people that are suffering from an uncivil war between the evil cartels. Here are some real pictures of the other Juarez that people traveling that one mile stretch of the freeway that never get to see.

New upscale residential area


Juarez Central Park(Parque Central)

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Juarez International Balloon Festival


Retail & Office building




Star Medica Medical Center







Tec de Monterrey university campus













Xtreme Sports
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Torre de Rapel

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Central Park(Parque Central)


















Shangri La Restaurant



Starbucks


Plaza Sendero Mall










Plaza San Luis Mall




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Carwash

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Old 03-13-2009, 04:44 PM
 
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Some more photos from south of the border(Juarez)

Area around American Consulate




Consulate, Holyday Inn, Star Medica
















PUENTE EL ZORRO





Tinseltown




One of many, many new hotels built over the last year or so.


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Frozen water on Fountain


Hotel Luzerna


New building on Teofilio Borunda Blvd


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Outdoor coffee shops and eateries




Avenida Triunfo de la republica


Bus stop





Avenida Lincoln




Main Blvd
of the finished projects in Cd. Juarez





El Campestre Golf Club


Skating Ring


Inside one of the malls


Fine Arts Museum






Inside typical office


These photos are just to show that Juarez is not just the slums that one can see for a mile stretch of I-10. It is not black or white, poor or rich but a very complex city with 3rd world poverty in some areas but 1st world in others.


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Old 03-13-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Tropical Florida
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USMC EP .....i wish if you ever have any spare time to post these really nice in the Mexico forums ''Photo thread'' here at City Data as i believe most people reading those forums would be surprised to see Mexico looking so new and modern as your photo's show.

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Old 03-14-2009, 12:29 AM
 
Location: H-town!
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Originally Posted by usmc el paso View Post
That part you are referring is a one mile eyesore stretch that can be seen trough I-10 and it shows one of the worst parts of Cd. Juarez. But that city is much much more than those slums. It's a very industrious city of 1.6 million hardworking people that are suffering from an uncivil war between the evil cartels. Here are some real pictures of the other Juarez that people traveling that one mile stretch of the freeway that never get to see.

New upscale residential area


Juarez Central Park(Parque Central)










Juarez International Balloon Festival


Retail & Office building




Star Medica Medical Center







Tec de Monterrey university campus













Xtreme Sports
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Torre de Rapel

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Central Park(Parque Central)


















Shangri La Restaurant



Starbucks


Plaza Sendero Mall










Plaza San Luis Mall






Carwash
From these pictures Mexico looks like America. Yeah the media reports the news in a biased fashion. They always make Mexico look like a dump. They never show all the good stuff.
 
Old 04-10-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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Since I've moved many times throughout my childhood throughout the states, and have lived in El Paso for about six years so far, I would never recommend that anyone come to live here. Maybe vacation here, but not a place I'd want to settle down in, despite the fact that most of my family does indeed reside here. I don't care to use the words "worst" or "best" since they're terribly absolutist, but it's true that El Paso is far from perfect. Very far from perfect. El Paso has great beauty in many respects, no doubt about that, but its economic factors mar its image ten times over. And the unemployment rate is not something I'm very proud of, and neither is it spread out evenly. I live in Canutillo on the west side, and our unemployment rate is somewhere around 20%, according to some statistics I've read. Not pretty. It does, however, get a little better the closer you get to Fort Bliss, which is pretty much the heart and soul of El Paso. Another thing, which certainly ties into the unemployment rate. I'm 24 and STILL unemployed for about a year after graduating from UTEP with high grades. I fully understand now why many college grads eventually leave El Paso. Many employers here, for whatever reason, simply do not want to work with new graduates. I suspect that much of this has to do with government enforced hiring policies, which give incentives to many businesses to hire lower-skilled workers. I'm not against immigration or freedom of enterprise, but I do hate it when government sides with one group of people over another when it should be treating everyone equally. Texas may be lax in comparison to other states when it comes to regulation, but that doesn't mean that its cities don't suffer from bad economic policies. El Paso is one of those cities, and it walks with a limp. For a town that has a lot of poverty, I'm aghast at so much red tape people have to go through to earn a living...and that's aside from the red-tape known as citizenship.
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