It is time to say goodbye to Durango. We have spent the last 16 months here enjoying the scenery and wildlife. I spent 30 years of my vacations coming here to enjoy the same things I still enjoy.
The one thing I cannot understand is the way some people here either take Durango for granted or just do not like it. They live in houses that are completely neglected. Paint is optional, junk is standard and they grow weeds instead of grass. If you travel down a sidewalk in the city, you always will need to duck or dodge weeds or trees. The city even tries to outdo the homeowners with its collection of exotic 12 inch-high clover and weeds growing around the library.
When people do go into the country to enjoy the scenery Durango is famous for, they are met with drivers who are not interested in the view but how fast and rude they can be. They run cars, trucks, cyclists, runners and even walkers off the road. I have met dozens of people here who never go up the valley to see the views that bring people here.
Durango wants to have meetings on where to put a graffiti wall. Why bother? The back of the fairgrounds and the 32nd Street bridge are working great. I guess it is just me who thinks the people here should take pride in the place they live - many do, but most do not.
Most people just dream about coming here for a few days out of their short lives if they get a vacation. Durango needs to figure out how to increase the friendliness of its residents and how to get them to take pride in their town. I do not have the answer, and I will not be here to help, but I hope they can find a way before the complacent and rude people here ruin it for everyone. I probably will never return to see if Durango manages to recapture its wonderful past, but I hope it does.
Terry Akins, Durango