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Mayor of Douglas thinks town needs a 'draw'

Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 19:54:25-05

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - One of Arizona's oldest western towns is struggling to reinvent itself.

18,000 people call Douglas home.  The mayor of Douglas says this is the safest border city in the country.

Hundreds of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents work there, but do not live there and that is one of the problems.

Many customs agents work at the Raul Castro Port of Entry but go home to Sierra Vista. 

Mayor Daniel Ortega recognizes that Douglas needs a draw.

"We need newer housing in our community.  Most of the housing is historic.  To some people it's really great.  I would like to live in an older home, but many of the young people want some of the amenities that new homes have and unfortunately at this time we don't have those homes in Douglas," said Ortega.