Our good friend, former state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh sent us a feature the Washington Post published about his hometown.

With border towns getting lots of negative publicity due to the deployment of the National Guard, writer Andrea Sachs’ piece provides a stunning contrast.

Sachs starts her feature this way:

I forgot my passport, but that didn’t matter. I was in El Paso, technically not Mexico, but close enough. I knew that Mexico was over there — the country felt like a portrait whose eyes were always following me — but it was also here, on this side of the fence. (One constant reminder of the shared boundary: U.S. Border Patrol vehicles parked along Interstate 10 and helicopters flying overhead.) Signs in restaurant windows advertised menudo soup, and not just for Sunday supper; girls dressed in their quinceañera best posed for photos in San Jacinto Plaza. At H&H Car Wash and Coffee Shop, a waitress returned my morning greeting with a “buenos dias” before setting down a heaping plate of huevos rancheros.

Click here to read the article.