I do not know why Mayor Dee Margo feels compelled to fight for something that deserves to die...the downtown arena.
His argument is basically, "Well, shit we spent this much money now."
Just because you have spent money already does not mean you have to keep spending it.
"Well, the voters approved it."
Otherwise you are not going back to court to argue the nuances of what a sports arena is or isn't.
It might be cheaper actually after all to do a do-ever and say and put "sports arena" on the ballot.
But we are missing the point.
The point is about downtown revitalization.
One thing holding back downtown El Paso is the condition of its building inventory.
Not the lack of an arena.
The buildings might be cheap, but the repairs ain't.
If El Paso were so bold, the City would buy those buildings, gut them, make them structural sound, and up to code, and then turn around and sell them.
With all the dirty work having been done, and all that is needed is hanging sheetrock and installing light fixtures, buyers would be interested.
"But the City could lose money!!!"
But then you are going to lose a lot more with a downtown arena that will do little to nothing to actually revitalize downtown.
And you would lose a lot more than just money.