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San Miguel: An Unrestrained Gentrification Process

By Jon Sievert

Activist/historian César Arias presents an historical look at the evolution of San Miguel de Allende and its ongoing gentrification at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Fellowship Service
“San Miguel: An Unrestrained Gentrification Process”
By César Arias
Sun, Nov 30, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Free entrance

His talk will take a non-academic approach to the evolving configuration of San Miguel’s society through the last decades. He’ll examine the different sectors and layers in an attempt to understand its singularity, interactions, contradictions, recent traits, and sustainability in the  future. Arias promises that “the talk is an invitation to think all together about these matters and present more questions than conclusions.”

An attorney and human rights activist from an old and prominent San Miguel family, Arias is also a founding member of Amnesty International’s Mexican Section. He has been a professor at the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City and the University of Veracruz, where he also worked as a journalist. The author of several books and publications on social and environmental issues, he currently serves as president of the Botanical Garden El Charco del Ingenio, where he has worked since its inception in 1990. He has participated in many community projects, such as El Sindicato cultural center and NGOs, including Va Por San Miguel de Allende, with a focus on the defense of the cultural and natural heritage of the city.

Special music for the service will be provided by the San Miguel Vivo children’s choir. The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit


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