Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Oh My Laredo" essay by Linda Mabry

Back in 2007 I was one of the persons responsible for the now defunct website, One of our contributors went by the name of Linda Mabry and she wrote several great articles and essays about living and growing up in Laredo. One of them is found below. It is titled "Oh my Laredo" from the DeLaredo.Net archives. Enjoy.

What’s wrong with Laredo? , everything and nothing is my first thought regarding this intricate yet ever evolving question. Most people were not surprised when that now infamous story came out about 3 years ago which literally proclaimed Laredo, Texas the city with the poorest “quality of life” in all of the United States! I have always believed that Laredo, like most cities, could improve in more ways than one but personally thought the title of “Worst City” was a bit harsh, unjust and wrong. Amazingly, for days I wondered how all of those towns with nothing but dirt roads and a Dairy Queen had escaped the list, and how these so called “journalists” didn’t choose one of the many cities in Texas that seem to come straight out of a Quentin Tarantino film, but yet are functioning “cities” even though they look like the typical ghost towns. (continue reading it here)

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