Paving Paradise

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 14:44 (76 days ago) @ Casa Juan

just my HMO,but I think you are ignoring all the non residents that move to Zihua and contribute mightly to the fabric of Zihua including some who advertise on your web site.

Yep, I sure am. How about that? What a piss poor capitalist I must be not to tell you what you want to hear, to dare speak up and to speak out against development by people from other places at the expense of our humble community, a community each day less zihuatanejense, less linked to its origins, less in touch with itself, more selfish and less interested in anything but each individual's own prosperity. But that's my honest opinion. While lots of us are grateful for the help from foreigners, it also goes without saying that without the influx here of people from other places, including many of the people who originally invaded the hillsides that became property you purchased from the folks who not that long ago got title to the land they invaded, sometimes even with the help of some of these same well-meaning foreigners, the people who were already here would've enjoyed (and still be enjoying) much greater prosperity. And we wouldn't have many of the problems we now suffer. Zihuatanejo was quite content being a small town where everyone knew each other before developers and people from other places arrived with their money, their resources and their cultural baggage. Now most people here haven't a friggin clue about Zihuatanejo's past or who the old families are or what they did, and they aren't even related to them. I'm sure lots of folks reading here call this progress. I don't.

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"Florida can never really come to grips with saving the environment because a very large percentage of the population at any given time just got there. So why should they fight to turn the clock back? It looks great to them the way it is. Two years later, as they are beginning to feel uneasy, a few thousand more people are just discovering it all for the first time and wouldn't change a thing. And meanwhile the people who knew what it was like twenty years ago are an ever-dwindling minority, a voice too faint to be heard."
John D. MacDonald, "The Empty Copper Sea" (1978)

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