Views from Vega
By Elizabeth Vega
Although we are sweaty, fat and ugly, El Paso was recently named fifth in a survey conducting the overall well-being among 100 of the nation’s largest cities.
The results sit the city on the better end, along with the past “Safest City” and “one of the most affordable” honors, than other, more harsh titles.
The report was based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index that polled five well-being categories: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
In short, people living here are happy and are prideful in making strides to be happier and healthier.
The results come at a time of the year when the weather starts warming and El Paso seems to be more alive.
The whole “El Paso is boring” phrase dies down, kicking up the happy vibes for everyone.
As if the inaugural season results did not prove how happy and supportive the city was of the Chihuahuas, opening day for the team’s second season brought thousands of El Pasoans, myself included, flocking to the park to catch a game and/or get some of the famous food.
And even though the city overestimated the park’s revenue and is now at $977,000 in debt after the first year, from the looks of it, I don’t think there is one person left who thinks bringing the Chihuahuas was a bad idea. Plus, El Pasoans don’t seem to mind paying eight bucks for a hot dog.
More than just baseball though, Neon Desert, the now-three-day music festival gets underway in less than a month and brings big names like rapper J. Cole, indie-electronic Passion Pit and Kaskade.
With that, a lot more big name artists seem to now look to stop their tours in the Sun City, including the Eagles and Ariana Grande.
Notably so, Sun City Music Festival is another event that draws electronic dance junkies to the city from all over the Southwest.
During this time, saying there is nothing to do in the city is not a valid statement and having no money is not a valid argument.
We are spoiled with free movies in parks, canyons and even at UTEP.
There’s free, outdoor concerts at the Chamizal National Memorial and even Fort Bliss as well as art shows.
El Paso is becoming more and more cultured as it continues to grow, and from the looks of the survey, the people are happy with it.