Dear Friends and Media,

At today’s City Council meeting, under agenda item 20.2, City Engineer Sam Rodriguez will make a presentation in which he will announce on slide 15 that the City will not take a position on (as in NOT SUPPORT) the nomination of Downtown El Paso to the National Register of Historic Places.

According to him, the “City is unable to take a position on the Downtown designation due to the pending litigation related to the properties within the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center.”

He provides no legal justification for this position.

The proposed Downtown National Historic District will add hundreds of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, including 13 key historic buildings located within the “Arena Footprint.”

Paradoxically, the City will support the establishment of the proposed Segundo Barrio National Historic District.

Have a great day!


Max Grossman, PhD

Board of Directors, Preservation Texas

Vice-Chair, The Trost Society