• In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 photo, cars pass through downtown El Paso, Texas, which is undergoing a major facelift as it tries to attract new residents and more visitors. The city is preparing for the Feb. 17 visit of Pope Francis to neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. City officials expect tens of thousands of visitors to the city even though the Pope will stay in Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)

    Revitalized El Paso ready to show off for papal tourists

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — No longer the desolate space it was a few years ago, downtown El Paso is ripe with new hotels, bars, restaurants — and bulldozers that herald the planned construction of a streetcar, a children’s museum, a Mexican-American cultural center and new mixed-used buildings.