Dear Editor:

I could not agree more with the thoughtful letter from C Joubert in a recent Atención re: high-density housing development in San Miguel de Allende.

In my twenty-five years of full-time residence here, without a car, my wife and I have watched this city grow crazily from a delightful low-traffic haven to a bumper-to-bumper nightmare, with far less charm than it embraced in 1993.

For nearly the entire year of 2017, we and our neighbors suffered through 11 months of street and sidewalk construction. In my view, the sidewalks are somewhat improved, but the streets are a cruel joke. The idea that they should forever be constructed of cobblestones because those were in vogue two hundred years ago is absurd. Why, then, do we use excellent modern street lighting? Why are we not still using horses and buggies?

Riding in a taxi or any vehicle, including an ambulance, is a real test of self-torture, and it must make wheel-alignment folks both happy and rich. I am not advocating smooth concrete paving, but San Miguel has a few streets paved with adoquin, smooth rectangular stones.

Can anyone in the city government state a logical reason for a long-outdated absurd method of street construction? Can the newly-elected administration do the right and sensible thing?

The total or near-total lack of sidewalks, such as on the first section of calle Tinajitas—from San Antonio Church to calle 20 de Enero—is also a disgrace and dangerous, especially for a 90-yeard-old such as me.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Hesdorfer, colonia San Antonio

 

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