Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I think McAllen eats Laredo's lunch again, but Laredo Sun article's puzzling

Como dices tu?

I don't always read the Laredo Sun, but I think they do a pretty good job overall of covering some of the news around our area.  From time to time, I've noticed that their articles can be a little bit confusing.  Today,  they had an article that included some downright puzzling writing. I don't know if their articles are first written in Spanish and then digitally translated into English or  perhaps translated verbatim but somehow the clarity gets lost in the process.

Here's an excerpt from today's Laredo Sun, see what you think.  I get the gist of the message: McAllen continues to devour our Lunch, but beyond that, I had to scratch my head a bit more than usual.

From The Laredo Sun

In conducting a comparative economic development takes advantage McAllen to Laredo to the point of being considered the fourth city with lower cost of living in the U.S.. In fact, a study by the prestigious Real Estate company Kiplinger determined that seven of the 10 cities in the U.S. at a cost of living very comfortable for people are in Texas and one of them is McAllen, Laredo was excluded while. Although its actual population is 130 thousand inhabitants, to join Mission and Harlingen and other smaller towns, bringing together a community of more than 250 thousand inhabitants, similar to that of Laredo.

The cost of living includes salary, cost of housing, food services, transportation, health care and education, areas in which managed to surpass McAllen Laredo.

An economic study of CNN Money noted that the McAllen border with Reynosa, Tamaulipas, has 11 cinemas, 75 bars, 043 thousand restaurants, 13 golf courses and 12 libraries, infrastructure which provides a good quality of life for its inhabitants and is a determining factor in attracting investment. Laredo has only two movie theaters, 432 restaurants, 15 bars registered, two golf courses and three libraries, even if you build another golf course and a baseball stadium.
While in Laredo on median family income is 32 000 $ 989 and the average cost of a house is 150 thousand to 259 thousand dollars in McAllen family income reaches $ 664 and 39 000 households have a cost of 99 500 to 215,000 thousand dollars.


  1. So what else is new? It's been kind of a bummer to hear constant news of other border and South Texas cities and towns seeing their economy take flight. Sure, there's the fracking in Cotulla and wind energy in Bruni and Oilton, but is it REALLY benefitting Laredo's economy? Other than the working peeps, I'd say no. :/

  2. Is there any way that McAllen can lay claim to "Gateway to Mexico" now?

  3. They would have but they dont have a Mayor like Salinas.