I've always known there are pathways from house to house under the streets of San Miguel near the jardin and in centro. They were built back in the 1700's. I've never been down in any of the pathways as I am
prone to claustrophobia. I presume they were used for safety.
But, things ARE happening here, during new construction that is raising eyebrows and consternation from those who do not like change.
Coppel, a prolifice department store in Mexico, a few years ago announced they were building a new store that is near the Instituto. There was a hue and cry that it would close mom and pop stores, it was not historically significant, it would cause us to lose our historical designation, etc etc etc. There were pickets and signs and protests. All the usual stuff that happens each time someone wants to open something new here. It's been going on for all 15 years that I have been here. These people made it so miserable for Subway, that they finally left town! So did a McDonald's franchisee. There are over 500 Subways in Mexico, but not in San Miguel.
Anyway, Coppel opened several months ago and finally last weekend, I went in the store with my son John and Matilda and Sebastian to look at bicycles.
I was very impressed at what was just on the first floor! I didn't get up to the second floor, yet. Clean, efficient, well marked displays. Plenty of staff to assist or to stand in amazement as Mati and Seb tried out the bicycles. What I didn't know at the time was that there is an underground parking garage.
A few days later, I returned to Coppel with friends. We pulled into the underground parking lot. Small but efficient for about 15 cars. It has a vestibule and even an elevator! My kind of store. In we went, looked again at things and left. Things that I don't see in any Mom and Pop stores here, anywhere.
Then I realized that the construction that has been going on out on the edge of town next to the Italian Coffee place across from Mega is going to be an underground parking garage as well. Smart use of space - underground.
What I find amazing is the fact that San Miguel is built on rock. No wonder it has taken about two years for the structure photographed below to get to this point.
I've never heard talk of that, but it sure makes sense..........sorta.
There are all kinds of ways to make things work more efficiently - if the people will cooperate and accept new things. Maybe some day.