South Central residents describe how MAGA rally impacts the neighborhoods

El Paso News

Residents in South Central El Paso are concerned with the President’s quickly planned visit to the Borderland. 

President Trump will hold his rally Monday evening at the El Paso County Coliseum on 4100 E. Paisano Drive. 

Nearby residents are preparing for the large crowds of traffic and people in the area for the rally.

“I feel like it’ll be harder for me to get from school as I’m going to get out a little bit later so on my way home it’s just going to be a pain because of all the traffic that’s going to be here,” one South Central resident said.

Concerned people in the area told KTSM the streets in their neighborhoods are very narrow which makes parking an issue, especially since there is not a designated parking lot for the event. 

They say parking is usually an issue when the Coliseum holds events or concerts, saying the presidential visit will amplify the problem even more and potentially cause a hazard to residents.

“You know if two cars are parked all night and you have an emergency around here especially with my neighborhood we’ve got elderly people and if we need an ambulance or something,” one South Central resident said.

Residents said the number of cars in the streets started growing on Sunday. People were camped in Recreational Vehicles and set up tent shops setting up Trump merchandise for sale. 

“I think we’re just going to plan out a different route here so we’re not stuck in traffic all over Paisano and stuff but for the most part it’s just going to be a normal day,” a South Central resident said.

In addition to the traffic, homeowners said they hope protests are kept peaceful without violence.

“More than anything we hope they come to an agreement on what they’re going to do so that everything turns out okay and benefits El Paso and Juarez,” Gilberto Soto Portillo, a South Central resident, said.

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