Big in 2013
2013 saw the rise of a new Pope when Pope Benedict opted for a centuries first retirement. His successor came in Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The Argentina born Bergoglio was eventually elected and became Pope Francis. Since February Pope Francis has won over millions of followers with his attention to poverty and progressive social issues. The new Pope definitely clears the wave for modern catholics in what was seen as a controversial pick in the previous Pope Benedict XVI.
Apple added some new additions to its line of already broad products. 2013 saw a new line of iphones in its new 5c series. The 5c finally brought a $99 brand new phone to a new market in demand. 2013 also saw a new line of iPads with the iPad Air. Apple finally gave the public an iPad mini with retina for only $399. With rumors of a TV line, watch and more hand held products apple is looking for an impressive run in 2014.
Juarez is back
2013 saw economic and social growth in Ciudad Juarez. American tourism has doubled in 2013 than from 2012. Juarez is far from the 2008 unsafe view of a lot of residents and tourists. Billboards are flourishing throughout the city in what is appearing to be a rejuvenated city. As an example of the new commerce, there are about 15 new restaurants on the Boulevard Gomez Morin that have reopened in the past year. The image is slowly changing and the city is embracing this positive change. We can only hope is rises to be the tourist destination we all grew up with.
A big science story in 2013 was definitely what we learned about Mars. In 2013 we learned that life could have possibly survived on Mars. Scientists analysis from the Nasa rover discovered that the soil had about 2% water by weight. Talks of Mars exploration/travel were also further in the news with companies wanting to send people there. Mars One made big news with them wanting to send 4 humans to Mars by 2025 to start a colony. The Technology to send these people back does not exist so essentially this would be a one way trip. The Inspiration Mars foundation said it wants to send a man and woman to fly past mars and back in 2018. This mission would be 518 days long and have many people very interested.
El Paso Chihuahuas
El Pasos first Triple-A team is now officially coming to town. The unveiling of the name of the team was big news. To what was initially not welcomed warm by the city has slowly sunk in and the city for the most part has embraced the name Chihuahuas. Aside from the name we will see great economic impact in and around downtown once the stadium is built in April and beyond. 2013 will be the inaugural season for this team and the excitement around town is flourishing. This is just adding to the already steadfast growth in Downtown El Paso.