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Old 05-11-2020, 06:06 PM
 
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Hard to say, but I like a number of things about El Paso where I lived 3 years, and it's arid.

The closest TX towns to Santa Fe NM would be Marfa or Fort Davis, possibly Alpine. But the former in temperature are more like Albuquerque than cooler Santa Fe, but they are less arid like Santa Fe (probably semi-arid). Alpine is warmer like Las Cruces, but less arid and probably also semi-arid.

As to the now-expensive with high tastes next to poverty, formerly an inexpensive artist outpost, Marfa also resembles Santa Fe. But nowhere in west Texas are there the lofty Rocky Mountains like Santa Fe has! The low buttes and mountains except the Davis Mountains above a high Chihuahuan desert grassland give Marfa a different visual, too.
your right Alpine is semi-arid .....well at least according to wikipedia.
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:23 AM
 
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Not really a town, but the Guadalupe Mountains National Park has some of the prettiest high desert scenery in Texas, if not the entire country. It's also the highest point in Texas



And, of course Big Bend



If I had to pick a small high desert town I'd pick the Fort Davis area for the scenery. But there's not much there. It's no Sana Fe. No Taos either.
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Old 05-12-2020, 11:26 AM
 
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I traveled to Santa Fe last August and quite enjoyed the city. I hope Texas annexes it someday
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Old 05-12-2020, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I traveled to Santa Fe last August and quite enjoyed the city. I hope Texas annexes it someday
Santa Fe used to be part of Texas in 1836. But when we joined the US in 1845, we gave up that land in order for the US to pay off our debts incurred during the Texas Revolution.
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Old 05-12-2020, 12:32 PM
 
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I traveled to Santa Fe last August and quite enjoyed the city. I hope Texas annexes it someday
I don't see that happening and wouldn't want it. Santa Fe would be a net drain on the Texas economy. Santa Fe's economy is poor even in non-recessionary, non-pandemic times. It is mostly government, hospital, and low wage service sector tourism related jobs. There is a high welfare and teen pregnancy rate.

Texas has 3 neighboring states with a lot of poor economic indicators: Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Texas gets a lot of migration from those states.

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Not really a town, but the Guadalupe Mountains National Park has some of the prettiest high desert scenery in Texas, if not the entire country. It's also the highest point in Texas

And, of course Big Bend

If I had to pick a small high desert town I'd pick the Fort Davis area for the scenery. But there's not much there. It's no Sana Fe. No Taos either.
Fort Davis and Alpine are two of the best.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:02 PM
 
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Santa Fe would be a net drain on the Texas economy. Santa Fe's economy is poor even in non-recessionary, non-pandemic times.
Maybe it's just an underperforming asset, and with the right management it would do well.
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Old 05-12-2020, 03:31 PM
 
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Maybe it's just an underperforming asset, and with the right management it would do well.
It would be hard to annex Santa Fe without annexing other parts of New Mexico like Las Vegas, Espanola etc. that are widely known to be economically and socially underperforming. New Mexico is one of the U.S.'s poorest states. It would be like annexing the Rio Grande Valley.

Now, annexing Las Cruces, Alamagordo, and Ruidoso / Cloudcroft might be workable. And the Permian oil basin areas...
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:56 PM
 
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It would be hard to annex Santa Fe without annexing other parts of New Mexico like Las Vegas, Espanola etc. that are widely known to be economically and socially underperforming. New Mexico is one of the U.S.'s poorest states. It would be like annexing the Rio Grande Valley.
This is accurate. The Rio Grande Valley is somewhat like New Mexico. New Mexico excels in poverty, crime, high school dropouts, and teen pregnancy. New Mexico and Mississippi are usually the two most economically non-prosperous states in the United States. New Mexico just has a nicer climate than Mississippi.

The areas near the New Mexico-Texas border usually have lower humidity levels. El Paso's elevation is high enough to moderate heat a little bit. The areas in the Panhandle off of I-40 are pleasant temperature wise.
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