Growing up on the East Side of El Paso, I always felt that my neighborhood was a bit bland. I saw the same high school, middle school, and elementary school everyday. I ate at the same fast food restaurants during my lunch breaks in high school. Grocery shopped at the same Walmart.
Sure, I appreciated my neighborhood, but when I would go to the West Side or downtown, I felt envious of the people that lived there.
I felt that they had a more unique neighborhood. The walls of downtown were covered in art, the mansions on the top of the hill in the West Side were beautiful to look at. To my surprise there were even little ponds around some of the houses on the West Side. They all just felt so fun.
I felt that my side of town, off Saul Kleinfeld Street looked bland and suburban.
But after taking photos for this Borderzine assignment on El Paso neighborhoods, I now have a newfound appreciation for my side of town. I realize that it might not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but there are some great traits about my neighborhood. It has everything you need within a walking distance.
Every single school starting from elementary to high school is about 5-10 minute walking distance. Food and grocery stores are about 10 minutes walking from my house. The fire station is 4 minutes away from house. And a shopping center is about 10 minute walking distance as well.
Though it may not be prettiest to look at, this neighborhood has everything you need right outside your door. I don’t have to travel 30 minutes just to get a bag of chips, or wait an hour to have Chick-Fil-A delivered. I appreciate all that Saul Kleinfeld provides.