El Paso is All-America City: Mayor says award should lift 'pobrecito' perception

Posted: 06/19/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT

EL PASO -- No more "pobrecito" attitude for El Paso.

It and nine other U.S. cities were named All-America Cities at an awards ceremony Friday night in Kansas City, Mo.

The award recognizes outstanding civic accomplishment in innovation, civic engagement and special efforts to respond to local challenges.

El Paso was one of 27 finalists for the honor, which is given by the National Civic League.

It's the first time in four decades that El Paso has received the honor, Mayor John Cook said earlier this week.

After receiving the award, Cook said it marks an important turning point in the city's perception of itself. To have "pobrecito" attitude is to say "woe is me," Cook said Friday.

"Now we can recognize that we're recognized around the country as a great city," Cook said.

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