“It is evident to me that both the design, planning and execution of the project is badly off track. . . . Nothing defines the independent and the courageous spirit of Texas more than our iconic Alamo and, like most Texans, I treasure it. The history of the Alamo is a personal passion of mine. I do not intend to sit quietly and see this project fail.
I have seen two architectural renderings so far, including the latest one a few weeks ago, and neither are anything close to what the people of Texas are expecting. The latest looks like a massive urban park with hundreds of trees – more like Central Park in New York City than Alamo Plaza.”
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick slamming Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush yet again on the ongoing renovation of the Alamo area in downtown San Antonio.
How can Red lose in a fight between these two fearless defenders of our Texas heritage. Patrick’s surrogates have been promoting the idea that George P. is going to try to honor the Mexican soldiers as well because of his Mexican heritage on his mother’s side. George P. pushes back that these attacks are tinged with racism.
Red wants to point out a couple of things. Any battlefield historic site almost anywhere in the world talks about both sides. How can you tell the story of the Alamo without talking about the Mexican soldiers and their incompetent leadership in Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna? Second, Patrick clearly sees George P. as a potential rival for the Governorship when and if OPIG Abbott steps down. Patrick views this as a weak point for Bush and will press and press the issue regardless of the facts. Third, who can be surprised that any project a Bush takes on has a decent chance of being completely bungled. Finally, the current plan is infinitely better than the hodgepodge of shameful tourist attractions that now dominate a large part of the historic site.