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Dear Editor:

It has come to my attention that there are seven high-density developments in progress (one completed) around San Miguel de Allende, all by the same developer. They are all massive structures of condos, apartments, townhomes and are totally out of sync with the landscape of the town and surrounds, as they dominate the vistas, and not in an attractive way. This is all speculative building for huge profits on the back of this city, contributing nothing but more people and cars at a high-density level.

They use the slogan “the new face of San Miguel” or “the changing face of San Miguel”—a face of concrete and stone with at least 1,000, probably many more, new units. Perhaps you doubt climate change happening on our planet because you have not seen the evidence up close, but if you visit or live in San Miguel, you will notice a climate change here as these kinds of developments are built out, along with all the other developments over the past 20 years around the perimeter of town, as these masses of concrete displace our natural green areas, and our lovely breezes blow across these heat collectors into our faces.

More importantly, I wonder how these developments are handling waste (sewerage), which wells/aquifers they are drawing their water from, if they are being required to pay to mitigate the adverse effects they are having on San Miguel and those who have lived here for generations, as well as those who visit.

Are there no zoning regulations about density and mass of these types of developments, any requirements for capturing rainwater or installing greywater systems to somewhat counter the extra strain on our already overly taxed wells and aquifers? Are they paying to fix damage to the streets they have been traveling over for years to deliver huge heavy truckloads of materials?

I urge your readers to explore the perimeters, if they have not yet, and see for yourself how out of line these developments are with our beautiful city, how much more concrete there is laid down and up for new businesses and services—ask the administrations past and present why they allow these types of development when they are already aware of the problems with traffic, water, waste, pollution of water and air, and overcrowding.

What are the intentions of the candidates for the upcoming election and the new administration—will they continue to allow this type of rampant development, especially high-density development, or do they intend more responsible planning?

My opinion is that if it does not stop NOW, it will be too late…

 

Regards to you and your readers,

C. Joubert, 20 years here

 

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