|Conceptual Image of a Central Park that could replace downtown rail yards.|
|Left: Re-imagined Bassett Center changes over time.|
Right: Concept of Zaragoza Road as a friendly Boulevard.
|Intersection of Rojas and Zaragoza, re-imagined over time.|
|Conceptual changes on Mesa near UTEP.|
|The top left image shows a normal pocket park found in newer developments. |
The same amount of space can be used to create much more appealing neighborhoods.
The City has adopted the plan as the guiding principles in future development for El Paso, but it has done so without enforcing these design ideals as requirements upon developers. Instead, it will use the guidelines to try and influence the city's growth wherever and whenever possible. Developers have been extremely slow to warm to the principles of smart growth, and some have been vocal opponents of any change in development style whatsoever, saying that El Pasoans do not want these higher-standard types of neighborhoods. But in meeting after meeting in all parts of the city, residents have overwhelmingly approved of smart growth ideals. Some enlightened developers have already adopted to smart growth principles, which will soon be seen in the Montecillo, Aldea, and Cruzero developments.
|Concept of homes facing a linear arroyo park.|
|Placement of Civic Buildings is important in the Plan.|
|A current blank El Paso street transformed using Plan El Paso principles.|
El Paso Times article on Plan approval: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_20117424/council-oks-plan-smart-growth