A team of El Paso, Texas, officials and advisors spent last week traveling to New York and Washington, D.C., to trumpet their planned nearly half a billion dollar bond-financed overhaul of the city's downtown area, which they see as a major game-changer for their region.

El Paso's 10-story city hall building imploded into a pile of dust and debris on the morning of April 14, the first step of the city's $473 million "quality of life" program that was envisioned in the bond referendum approved at the polls last November by a margin of roughly three to one.

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