La Dizque ModernizaZIHón

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, April 19, 2021, 14:17 (25 days ago) @ Tucker62

I dunno though. The changes look pretty good to me. Lots of sizable new palm trees for one. And, by design or good fortune, the government has kept a lot of people employed and carried out these changes during the pandemic while there was little tourist income and few tourists to bother. A fairly decent result I'd have thought.

Aesthetics aside, and ignoring the fact my wife and I no longer have a shady cozy garden in front of our home with plants and trees planted by us and our neighbors (never mind Prieto the cat's grave), I'm positive killing ANY tree was unnecessary. The tons of additional cement and loss of shade will now raise the ambient temperature along the entire waterfront and especially in Plaza del Artista, and every single degree is important when you live in the tropics.

But the mayor is counting on people just like you (no offense) to legitimize the unnecessary and unsolicited poorly planned and executed project. While parts of it may be pleasing to the eye, the destruction of the trees and plants wasn't necessary and neither is the excessive use of cement. The basketball court especially: it now has TWO layers of court, one poured over the other causing excessive weight on the beach that will lead to erosion.

The government could employ many more people for less money simply by PROMOTING TOURISM directed at folks with the purchasing power we need instead of patting themselves on the back for the busloads of people who bring everything with them and leave more garbage than money here. We've seen a steady decline in tourism and their purchasing power over the past two decades, much of it related to extremely poor local political decisions and the lack of simply applying existing laws.

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