ECONOMIC SURVEY OF ANTHONY, NEW MEXICO-TEXAS

THE STUDY OF ANTHONY, NEW MEXICO-TEXAS REPRESENTS AN ATTEMPT TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE--MEASURE THE IMPACT OF HIGHWAY RELOCATION ON A SMALL COMMUNITY HAVING PRACTICALLY NO USABLE ECONOMIC DATA, AND WHERE THE RELOCATION WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY STAGES OVER A TIME SPAN OF FIVE YEARS. I-10, FOR SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC, AND U. S. 80/85, NORTHBOUND, WERE OPENED IN OCTOBER, 1959. THE FINAL BYPASSING OF THE COMMUNITY WAS ACCOMPLISHED WHEN THE CONNECTING LINK BETWEEN I-10 AND U. S. 80 ALTERNATE THROUGH EL PASO FOR NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WAS OPENED JANUARY, 1964. PROPERTY TRANSFERS DURING THE PERIOD OF STUDY WERE FEW AND UNUSABLE AS INDICATORS OF CHANGE IN ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT. OTHER DATA SUCH AS POSTAL RECEIPTS, BANK DEBITS OR DEPOSITS, BUILDING PERMITS OR ASSESSMENTS WERE LIKEWISE OF NO ASSISTANCE, LEAVING GASOLINE SALES AS THE SOLE INDICATOR OF ECONOMIC IMPACT. A NUMBER OF IRREGULAR FACTORS MAKE THIS REMAINING INDICATOR DIFFICULT TO INTERPRET: FREQUENT GASOLINE WARS; RAPID EXPANSION OF NEW SUPER STATIONS ON THE WEST EDGE OF EL PASO; RAPID TURNOVER OF DISTRIBUTORSHIPS IN THE ANTHONY AREA; ABSENCE OF TRAFFIC COUNT FOR ANTHONY; ABSENCE OF SALES DATA FOR THE NEW TRUCK STOP STATION AND CAFE, WHEREAS DATA WERE AVAILABLE IN EARLIER YEARS. IN THE "BEFORE" REPORT, IT WAS PRESUMED THAT THE MAJOR IMPACT OF THE RELOCATION WOULD NOT BE FELT IN ANTHONY UNTIL NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED BY COMPLETION OF THE CONNECTING LINK IN EL PASO (1964). THE REASON FOR THIS PRESUMPTION WAS THAT THE BULK OF TOURIST BUSINESS WAS WESTBOUND. THE GASOLINE DATA FOR ANTHONY DO NOT EITHER SUBSTANTIATE OR DISPROVE THIS HYPOTHESIS. GASOLINE SALES IN ANTHONY INCREASED BY 8 PERCENT IN 1964, IN SPITE OF A DECLINE OF 14 PERCENT IN TRAFFIC COUNT. THE EFFECT WAS ACCORDING TO EXPECTATIONS IN CANUTILLO, A FEW MILES SOUTH, HOWEVER. A TEXACO DISTRIBUTOR, WITH STATIONS IN BOTH CANUTILLO AND ANTHONY, DID NOT FEEL THE IMPACT OF HIGHWAY RELOCATION AT HIS ANTHONY STATION, BUT POINTED OUT THAT IN AUGUST, 1964, THERE WERE FOUR STATIONS CLOSED IN CANUTILLO THAT WERE OPEN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THESE STATIONS HAVE NOT REOPENED. ANTHONY IS A GROWING COMMUNITY, AND THE SERVICE STATIONS HAVE HAD INCREASES IN LOCAL BUSINESS SUFFICIENT TO BRING THEIR 1968 SALES ABOVE ALL PREVIOUS YEARS, EXCEPT 1956 AND 1959-61. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

    Department of Civil Engineering, P.O. Box 30001
    Las Cruces, NM  United States  88003-8001

    New Mexico State Highway Department

    P.O. Box 1149
    Santa Fe, NM  United States  87501

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Zickefoose, P W
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 00201222
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No Ii-b
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 6 1970 12:00AM