New development on East Mesa
Posted in the Las Cruces Forum
#1 Feb 24, 2014
I lived in Cruces 30 years ago and loved it then, still do today. But...it appears that Las Cruces, like many American towns, is lacking vision when it comes to job creation and new business development. As I read the article in today's paper online about plans for the East Mesa, I felt saddened that this is truly a best effort for growth. After reading some of the comments on facebook, several people had good ideas: a gas station along Rt. 70, some sort of entertainment like go-karts, a deli, a decent coffee shop (i.e., not Starbucks), etc. The same thing is happening where I live now in East Tennessee. A few locals with lots of money are building strip malls and fast food eateries and calling it economic growth. With this kind of "development," communities like Las Cruces and so many others are assured that creating low wage jobs will keep these communities in poverty-like conditions, requiring more government support as the years go by. The primary beneficiaries of this type of "growth" are the developers. They'll make frequent trips to the bank and most likely live elsewhere. Surely, we can do better.
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