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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 09:28 (301 days ago)

Once again our municipal government appears to be trying to drive established local businesses in downtown Zihuatanejo out of business. Imagine our surprise as we strolled through the zócalo yesterday to discover that a tianguis of artisans from eastern Guerrero (Chilapa and Tlapa de Comonfort, I believe) has been allowed to set up shop in our main plaza selling pretty much the same wares that local artisans and many established local businesses sell, including traditional clothing for women similar to what my wife sells. While I'm sure the city's regulatory officials are happy with the money they make under the table from such events (because historically there is no transparency or accountability in our municipal government), they are doing a serious disservice to the hard-working local taxpayers by hurting our sales just when we were starting to recover from years of economic hardship.

It would be nice if there were a way to ask you to limit any purchases you make from them to articles not available from local merchants, but it would be difficult for you to know what those are. We certainly have no issues with the artisans. They are just trying to make a living, too. But established local businesses already suffer enough unfair competition from the markets on Cinco de Mayo, La Ropa and Ixtapa as well as all the wandering vendors. It's damn near impossible for us to make a living already. But politicians seeking votes and money have little use for ethics or principles, and apparently the PRD (the political party that controls our municipal government) has already written off the vote of the downtown merchants. (As an aside, political party adherence is down this election cycle, and that's good IMHO.)

If it weren't for our various governments, Zihuatanejo would be a much greener, safer and more prosperous place for its residents and visitors.

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by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 10:09 (301 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

The solution for me will be not to buy anything from them if they're still on the zócalo while we're in Zihuatanejo. We much prefer the local shops by the Marina Cafe and Arte Nopal, to name just a couple.

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by sams300zx, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 17:27 (300 days ago) @ dhunsber

Like I said before it is whoever lines the mayors pcket that is allowed to run there

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by Canada1, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 10:46 (301 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Yes it is unfair competition but probably not going to stop, have any of the local merchants looked at setting up in zocalo to take advantage of the wandering tourists..."If ya can't beat em join em".

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:23 (301 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

We only shop at local, established merchants, avoiding - in particular - the junk on Cinco de Mayo and the mess on the Zocalo; something trump might (correctly) refer to as a shithole.

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by Eli @, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 13:05 (301 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I will stick with buying with the regulars, not at the Cancha!

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by jbmass ⌂ @, Mass,.. N.H...Zih., Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 13:39 (301 days ago) @ Eli

:megusta:

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 20:57 (300 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

We walked through there this morning and saw them setting up.......I was a bit confused as to what was going on there........ Did not make any sense to me ........and still doesn't

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by Sandy feet @, Seattle, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 22:04 (300 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

Walked through it last night around 8:30.