|Laredo's Bruni Plaza circa 1970s|
I'm sure that there will be a myriad of complicated reasons why the Bruni Plaza water fountain in Downtown Laredo cannot be repaired and made operational. The city has spent $300,000 on a downtown revitalization study that has gone nowhere. It has taxed citizens to build, first the $40 million Laredo Entertainment Center and now the $18 million baseball park. So, with so much money being spent so unwisely, why not give downtown a much-needed boost (any boost would help) and make the plaza a little bit more attractive to those that still go downtown?
Is it because a lot of homeless frequent the area and the city is afraid they'll jump in the water? Is it because no votes are to gained and not bigwigs impressed? With common sense and self-respect rapidly dwindling among our city leaders, why won't anyone make even the smallest gesture to improve one of our oldest downtown landmarks? It's embarrassing to our city to have Bruni Plaza in such disarray. It's a shame that we have such a shameless bunch running our town.