Since the economy or the lack thereof, is on the mind of anyone balancing a check book these days, we would have to be excited about any development plan that will stimulate new dollars into the local wallet. Our wallets. Not just the big boys that manage big box stores, somewhere out there in mega-rich land, but right here and now! You would think that all the whining lately, would be about, such a project not happening fast enough! That anyone, would want to bring business and prosperity to East Alamosa, is one thing, however let's not forget that this project on the corner of HWY 17 and 160 benefits the whole valley. Fundamentally, there are still plenty of places to locate a community garden, as well.
So instead of looking at sad vacant lot, where once stood Polston School, we get a great project that brings vitality to our downtown and some bragging rights to East Alamosa. All politics aside, the decision was made on the side of the economy! Hurray for all local businesses, that will feel the very real effects. So least we have someone in the community that is willing to step up and do something for our local wallets that's more than can be said about our sorry Congressmen... Can we wait on Congress any longer? They can't manage the Farm Bill or road and bridge repairs! Lately!
Now, it's Alamosa City Council's, turn to make a decision. Hopefully, on the side of the local economy. Each one of us will have an opportunity to voice our opinion. Sad for those nay-say-ers, that complain and are not involved in the process, and bless those that made their best arguments. When the debate is over, it is my sincere hope that we will close the door on the past and look to a future where everyone gets behind this project and see what a boom it can be for Alamosa and the San Luis Valley. My 40 plus years in tourism knows, that this can be a great new reality.
Enjoy Alamosa County 100 years celebrations and be proud, to call, the San Luis Valley home.