How many motels are for sale you ask? Almost ALL of them! Ok, ok, I exaggerate, but there are quite a few for sale in the parts of town that would cater to tourists – downtown and along San Bernardo.
Carlos Guerra, former columnist in San Antonio, made a comment about his desire to see a push to better education and community development instead of focusing on padding the tourist industry. His point was – hope he forgives me if I don’t paraphrase correctly – a dependence on disposable income of visitors to your city just leads to unemployed housekeepers and dishwashers when that disposable income dries up. Interesting point. Now that he is retired, he is focusing on supporting education – Carlos Guerra Day will be September 24th in San Antonio and monies raised are going to scholarship to TAMU-Kingsville; but back to Laredo…
Laredo is a city that has been pushing to be an attractive tourist destination. It is obvious to see some of this with the number of hotels that have popped up (not motels, hotels). I am not saying this is not a worthy goal. What I am saying is – what are we doing to support our local existing businesses?
They don’t necessarily have to stay motels – especially the formerly beautiful Bender Hotel – but owners do have to do something with them, no? I wish I had the answers.