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No More Golpe de Vista

Imagen tomada en 2012 por Toño Ruiz

Imagen de 2012 por Toño Ruiz

Estado actual

By Jesús Aguado

A piece of the wall in what was one of the last traditional stores in town, and which formed part of the historical memory, was demolished (about 2.5 lineal meters). Now, the owners have to reconstruct and restore the wall.

El Golpe de Vista was a mixed goods store which closed about two decades ago. It was at the intersection of El Cardo and the old calle del Hospital (prolongación Aldama). In that area, people from the neighborhood of Guadiana, Ojo de Agua, Cañadita de los Aguacates,  and San Antonio met up because this was the location of workshops making rebozos, and shoes  and the tanneries (information from Graciela Cruz, historian.) It was a neighborhood center, in which people passed by and learned the latest news from the town, talked, bought miscellanies, and  stopped for a drink or a snack.

The only thing that remained of that pulpería, was the wall, part of the historical memory and the architectural history of San Miguel. Now, the rubble that must be restored and rebuilt is covered with dark plastic.

Although the area is not part of the area declared a World Heritage Site and is not within the buffer zone, the director of Planning and Sustainable Development, Angel Gastelum, said that the owners had a permit, including one from the National Institute of Anthropology and History, but not one that covered this. They had to respect the wall, and restore it, he said.

Therefore, work has been stopped and a fine must be paid. The Suspension of Work seals will be removed when the owners cover the fine and also restore the wall.

It is not the only case. On Hidalgo last month, part of a wall that, according to Gastelum, “was in very good condition” was demolished; here, the owners of the property did not have any permission. The work is still suspended.

The director invited anyone who wants to build in the heritage zone to approach the office of Planning and Sustainable Development where they will be informed of what can and can not be done.

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