When it was first announced the San Jacinto Plaza was going to get a makeover, many El Pasoans wondered why the city wanted to fix something that wasn't broken. The fear was that in modernizing the park its history would be erased.

But as the photos below show, those fears were pretty much unfounded. Many of the familiar park features, such as the diagonal walkways and the alligators sculpture as the main focal point, remain.

El Paso Times File Photo, 2012

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Virtually the same angle, 2016


Plaza at night, 2013

Virtually the same angle, 2016

Patricia Martinez

Like the saying goes, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."