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The members of Observatorio Ciudadano de los Sanmiguelenses follow with great concern the airport project that the municipal government wants to impose on the city of San Miguel de Allende. In our view, the project is damaging to the city and shows no benefits to the residents of San Miguel. The actual project has been handled with unusual secrecy. It has never been presented to the public, nor has it been the subject of consultation with experts or city dwellers. Thus, the information available is quite sketchy and often contradictory. What is clear is that the project will result in the transfer of city property to private individuals so they can profit from the patrimony that belongs to all residents of San Miguel de Allende.

We have made public technical arguments that clearly indicate that the projects is not feasible and is damaging to the city. We have also requested more detailed information, as well as a meeting with authorities to establish a productive dialogue between city government and citizens. However, we have only found silence, personal attacks against the leaders of ONGs that oppose the project and even intimidation to try to silence opposition. The strange responses from different government officials contradict each other, some saying that it will be a commercial international airport, others saying it will be a small airfield for private planes. Neither vision justifies the project as no clear benefits have been presented to the citizens that could possibly offset the noise, pollution, and lower quality of life that an airport would bring to all residents. Therefore, we hereby make public our opposition to the project in the location and under the conditions that have been made public. Observatorio Ciudadano de los Sanmiguelenses is not opposed to sustainable development that increases the standard of living and quality of life of all or at least most residents of San Miguel. We oppose this particular project because it seems unnecessary, technically infeasible, and a waste of city resources that should be applied to projects that are truly beneficial to San Miguel de Allende.

 

Observatorio Ciudadano de los Sanmiguelenses, A.C.

 

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