It is not worthy economic development that sacrifices one economy for another. Proponents of La Entrada like to point out that expanded roads mean a benefit to tourism. This argument is a red herring. Most tourists that I talk to, come to the Big Bend Region to get away from the multi-lane highways and to experiance the vast remoteness.
This more big roads for tourism attitude is brought up again in a recent article. State Sen. Kel Seliger, R. Amarillo, representing Midland and Odessa states that “this type of economic development is not inconsistent with tourism because transportation benefits all forms of growth” in a Midland Reporter- Telegram article of April 15, 2007.
There is more coverage in the Odessa American that features interviews with local residents of Marfa and Alpine.