Central El Paso forms the heart of the city, containing historic neighborhoods and architectural gems, as well as a street grid that makes neighborhood and freeway access convenient. It's no more than 20 minutes to any part of town. The area is diverse, including the city's earliest suburban development as well as its urban core, Downtown. This area offers a diverse selection of residential living arrangements; thus the neighborhoods themselves are also very diverse.
The Kern Place neighborhood, near the University of Texas at El Paso, boasts fine architecture and parks, galleries and restaurants. Downtown is the gateway to Juarez. The area includes the Arts Festival Plaza, City of El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Judson F. Williams Convention Center. The area also includes Sunset Heights, also near UTEP, and Scenic Drive, which overlooks Downtown El Paso and Juarez. The central El Paso area also encompasses parts of Fort Bliss and two major highways, the Patriot Freeway (north/south) and Interstate 10 (east/west). Near Fort Bliss, portions of Dyer and some off streets boast excellent Thai, Korean, Chinese and other world-wide cooking styles.
Other Central activities include the El Paso Zoo, the El Paso Coliseum, and Ascarate Park.
A great place for families to gather is the Chamizal National Memorial. The park was established to commemorate this peaceful settlement, which was an end to a century-long boundary dispute between the United States and Mexico in 1963. The City of El Paso Arts & Culture Department hosts Music Under the Stars World Festival at the Chamizal. The festival is a free concert series featuring local musicians, which attracts approximately 3,500 people each Sunday evening during the summer months.
Several major streets radiate through and out of Central. Mesa heads north from Downtown to the West Side; Alameda runs east from Downtown to the Lower Valley; Montana is just north of Downtown, and runs to the East Side. Don't miss El Paso eateries like H&H Car Wash on Montana, which has been written up in numerous food magazines.