On the streets of Laredo

I used to — repeat: used to — have family in Laredo, Texas, but I haven’t had a whole lot of reason to talk about the third-largest city on this side of the Mexican border, except for that time when the only full-line bookstore in town was closing.

This is not a selling point, so apparently now the city fathers are pushing another angle: it’s the 19th safest city in the US. This is perhaps not surprising, considering El Paso’s tiny but largely unnoticed crime rate.

But while looking that up, I found something else: El Metro Transit, the bus system in Laredo, serves 3.2 million passengers a year, in a metropolitan area of a quarter million, more than either Oklahoma City or Tulsa, who have four to five times the population. Each. The only reason I can think of, other than mere ethnicity, is that the Laredo system is privately owned.



  1. McGehee »

    27 June 2014 · 8:02 am

    Border county sheriffs in Texas have been indicted for falsely recording crime reports to keep their apparent crime rates artificially low.

  2. CGHill »

    27 June 2014 · 8:13 am

    I assume all reports, be they from Nogales or Nantucket, are at least arguable.

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