Laredo:Gold Paving

Laredo shows its street smarts

"As I walked out in the streets of La redo," goes the old cowboy lament. Residents of the Texas town (pop. 91,449) are now asking, "What streets?" Thanks to former officials who "mishandled" city funds, an astonishing 2,720 of Laredo's 5,400-odd blocks need paving at a cost of some $10,000 each. Another 2,000 blocks require resurfacing at $2,600 apiece. With little money available for such work, Mayor Aldo Tatangelo and City Councilman Felipe Sanchez decided to put the streets on the block.

Major thoroughfares are not for sale,...

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