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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde 126.96.36.199 (dsl-189-179-138-201.prod-infinitum.com.mx) el día miércoles, 21 de enero, 2009 a las 10:23:37 horas :
I just happened to be fortunate enough to be living in Zihuatanejo when the first hotels in Ixtapa were being built. The townspeople had first been told that Zihuatanejo was going to be expropriated and that they would all be compensated for their lands. The ejiditarios said "over our dead bodies", so the federal government decided Ixtapa would be a better place instead of killing the people of Zihuatanejo. The "understanding" for decades between the locals and the federal government was that high-density developments, high-rises, and time shares would be built in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo would preserve its ecological zones and develop as a community. Then the politicians became uncontrollable in their greed and corruption and the changes began little by little. We started seeing a huge ugly scar being carved into a hillside above one of our lovely little beaches and a huge ugly boxlike building that violated all unwritten aesthetics regarding buildings. It is now called Villa Vera (Puerto Mío). For years it was the only blight on our beautiful hillsides. Then the land invasions began as the up and coming Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) began trying to build up an electoral base. Sure enough after a few years of fomenting land invasions they had enough voters to beat the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). That first year of PRD rule saw some terrible changes in Zihuatanejo. Right off the bat they changed zoning laws to allow all those land thieves to remain on our hillsides so they could continue voting PRD candidates. They also allowed a huge hilltop tract of land to be traded in compensation to a private landowner on whose land the city built their Palacio Municipal (city hall building) without ever owning the land (that hilltop development is now called Cerro del Vigía). Amazing that such a thing could happen! With the zoning change almost all the hilltops were occupied and developed in the space of six years (2 PRD administrations). And in the PRD's rapacious greed-spree (they were all trying to become overnight millionaires) a high-density time share development was "approved" and built on La Ropa faster than any development we've ever seen here. Local opposition had no affect on our "public servants" who were only interested in serving themselves.
So local opposition to high-density developments and "megaprojects" has a historical basis. But the plain fact of the matter is that geographically Zihuatanejo is limited in where it can grow, and those of us who live and work here hate to see what precious land we have left go to tourist resorts and developments for the wealthy. We can barely afford to live here as it is, and more and more locals are having to abandon Zihuatanejo altogether to move to outlying communities because there is no affordable land or housing for us anymore.
Our infrastructure is already inadequate, while Ixtapa's was well-planned for decades of growth. We should have a building moratorium in Zihuatanejo until we can get our infrastructure up to speed. Instead, we now have a pollution problem in the bay thanks to overdevelopment.
Tourist development belongs in Ixtapa and community development belongs in Zihuatanejo. That's the way the long-time locals still feel about the matter. Unfortunately the friggin' "public servants" have betrayed our community and allowed ecocide and overdevelopment
in exchange for a few pieces of silver.