Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Del Rio

Once I got away from the main drag (on either side), the same pattern appeared: a shockingly high percentage of the commercial buildings being for sale, boarded up, abandoned, or outright collapsing.

I would like to understand this, since with the exception of El Paso it has depressingly been the case in every Texas town I've passed through.

Is the issue that essentially all small to medium-sized Texas towns were founded to support ranching, and with the consolidation of the ranches the resulting megabusinesses don't use the towns for either supplies or the finished product? And furthermore fewer workers are involved?

Alternatively, is the issue that as ranching changed from depending on horses for transportation to pickup trucks, that little was needed beyond gas stations from the small towns?
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