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[San Miguel De Allende: The Most Interesting Town in the World by Kelly Lee Treats Magazine August 15, 2015]

The ancient town of San Miguel de Allende—founded in 1542, making it Mexico’s oldest colonial town—is buried like a chest of rubies and pearls deep in the central mountains: Bathed in eternal sunshine, a world-class art school, candy-colored haciendas & savory scents of cinnamon-and-sugar-doused churros wafting down its cobblestone streets, has become an oasis for the world’s most inspired travelers, adventurers & artists. TREATS! channels the mix of storybook lanes of art galleries, sun-dappled courtyards, firecracker nights, candlelit rooftop cocktails & Audrey Hepburn’s former fit model at Givenchy that all make San Miguel de Allende la Ciudad más Interesante en el Mundo.

In a bleary-eyed haze, we drive into the storied sun-swept artist’s oasis that is San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We arrive from the Los Angeles on a direct three-hour flight at the lonely hour of 3am, keen on seeing what all the fuss is about, but vastly underprepared. After accepting a last-minute invitation to join on a trip to the Central Mexican mountain town, perched a mile above sea level, we can only respond when asked by friends and family, “Is it safe?” with an honest answer: “Guess we’ll find out.”

At the small, modern airport of León-Guanajuato, we are met by a tall, thin teenage boy who timidly holds a sign bearing our names. After some hand-gesturing and soft-spoken broken English and Spanish between us, he escorts us to our car, where we’re greeted by the boy’s father. He’s along for the ride and to help his son, our driver-in-training, navigate the 70-mile journey from León into San Miguel. Along the way, he confesses in perfect English that he hopes his son will choose to join the family business, a business that is in large part buoyed by expats, largely Americans and Canadians, yearning to explore Mexico’s oldest colonial town, San Miguel de Allende, founded in 1542.

We cruise as if on a slow-moving roller coaster, as our timorous driver cautiously traverses Central Mexico’s mountainous, rocky, arid, and mostly empty terrain. Next to him, his proud, dozing father wakes only to direct “a la izquierda” (to the left) or “a la derecha” (to the right) after being jarred out of slumber by the abundant speed bumps, some formed by nature, others by man.
Recommendations by Sonia

Most of these recommendations have a FaceBook page and sometimes a web site.


There are many very good restaurants in San Miguel. Those below are some of our favourites and nearly all would be considered inexpensive.

El Rinconcito Refugio Norte #7, Husband and wife team featuring very good Mexican food and reasonable in price.

Berlin Umaran #19 great restaurant and bar. It reminds one of “Cheers” where you always see familiar faces and many know your name.

Dragon Chino Salida a Celaya #71 Chinese with excellent prices and no MSG.

Hecho en Mexico Ancha de San Antonio #8. Large Mexican menu; very popular, fast service, children’s menu and excellent prices.

La Frontera Stirling Dickinson #28; Comfort Food; excellent drowned burrito; very popular with expats.

Muro Cafeteria beautiful, modern, great food. Cerrada de San Gabriel #1, Colonia El Obraje

OKO Plaza Alhondiga Carreretara San Miguel-Celya (the strip mall across from Mega. Thai & Wednesday is sushi night.

Orquidea Zacateros #83 Thai; excellent food and reasonable prices.

Vivali Café Hernandez Marcias #66 Italian Excellent service, Christina the owner is gracious, lunch 119 p ($7 US) for beverage, soup or salad and entree.

Delica Mitsu Calzada de la Luz # 49. Japanese Small, no frills and excellent food. Ami is the owner and always present. Sushi most Sundays

Guanajuato City Los Campos Cantina and Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Guanajuato; 4a Calle de la Alameda Plaza Baratillo. https://www.facebook.com/Los-Campos-Cantina-y-Restaurante-430791580355388/ ; www.loscampos.mx


Sonia Esmeralda Lopez Hernandez soni010972@yahoo.com.mx 415-121-0633

Assisted Living

Cielito Lindo at Los Labradores, includes fully assisted and independent living; http://www.cielitolindoassistedliving.com

Automatic Doors

Pueras Automaticas San Miguel, Carlos Hernandez, automatic gates, garage doors, etc.; Calzada de la Estacion #21; 415-150-7642; 415-113-3753; email: puertasgarage_automaticas@hotmail.com

Automotive Body Work

Luis Gutierrez: bilingual, has indoor paint area, matches colors well; Colegio Militar #16, Colonia Guadalupe 415-154-7256 / cel: 415-113-9687

Business Cards / Printing

Impresiones Agsa, Daniel Aguilar Guzman: bilingual; Calle Camino Viejo al Panteon #7; agsa.impresiones@live.com; (044) 415-149-0444


LaVela Calzada de la Estacion #239 (across from Immigration). Set back in from the street. 415-152-5353

Cooking Schools

La Cocina Cooking School Sabino 26; 52 888 407 3168 http://www.deliciousexpeditions.com/classes-san-miguel.html

Please never go to a medical professional (dentist, doctor, nurse practitioner, chiropractor, etc) who does not have a cedula, a professional license to practice medicne in Mexico. There are some, both Mexican and expats, who say they are a medical professional who have no credentials to practice in Mexico and maybe no where. The same applies to lawyers, accountants, notarios, architects, engineers, etc.


Dr. Isaias Garcia 2 days a week in San Miguel and rest in Queretaro. He is bilingual and specialty is implants and crowns with training in US. Same plaza as OKO and Italian Coffee and across from Mega. His office is upstairs PH: 442-242-0551 cell: 442-186-6605 email: isaias5@hotmail.com

Dr. Jaime Garcia Pediatric Dentist (only children and teens). Edificio Kubica Privada de los Industriales #110, Office #407, Jurica, Colona Queretaro, Queretaro 01-442-199-0656 / 58 Emergency 044-442-343-4431 http://cesarfandino.com/portafolio1/dentistagarcia/


Dra. Laura Susana Vega Camarena, Gynecologist and Obstetrics, compassionate care, professional and excellent fees. Hospital Star Medica, Queretaro, office #1017, 442-195-8694; Emergencies 442-338-0952; 442-427-8000 / Ext. 21017 email: susy16vega@hotmail.com

Dr. Gerzain Gonzalez Villarreal, Cardiologist, Hospital Star Medica, Queretaro, office # 524; 442-195-8880; 442-427-8000 / Ext. 2524

Dra. Leslie Marie Flores, Primary Care Physician, office appointments and house call, serving San Miguel and Queretaro. family medicine, annual checkups, physicals, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders, preventive health and education, lifestyle modification. She speaks fluent English, French, Spanish. ​ (045) 442.576.02.45; dr.lesliemarie@gmail.com; FB @drlesliemarie

Dr. Jorge Alvarez de la Cadena, Cardiologist. Bilingual, Office Hospital H+ San Miguel; 415-152-2320 / 2329 / 2233; cel: 415-153-3131; pager: 01-800-333-2223 email: jalvarezdelacadena@hotmail.com

Dra. Perla Isabel Gallo Gallo​, Plastic Surgeon, Hospital H+, Privada Ignacio Zaragoza No. 16- B, Col. Centro, Querétaro Qro., email: perlaisabel_md@hotmail.com; ​cell; 442-471-0790 Office: (442) 215 2687​

Dr Jose Nestor Procuna Hernandez, Urologist; Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavela; offices at west end of H+ Hospital, San Miguel. 415-150-3301 / 3303 email: jnprocun@gmail.com

​Dr. Manuel Aparicio Alonso, Orthopedic and Trauma: http://www.docaparicioalonso.com Centro Médico Jurica, Av de los Industriales, Fracc. Jurica, Querétaro, Qro. Tel:(442) 199-3125 Emergency: (442) 287-0300 Bilingual and located in a new medical center with X-rays, MRI, surgery center etc.

Dra. Luvia Rodríguez Quiñones, Ophthalmologist; bilingual, very current; professional; office is at the west end of Hospital H+, San Miguel; 415-152-5466

Dra. Carla Archer, Dermatologist; bilingual, professional, excellent doctor; Hospital H+ San Miguel, Libramiento JM Zavala (to Dolores), Second Level Office #7; Phone: 415-150-3301 and 415-150-3303; Email: carla_archer@yahoo.com


Hospital MAC latest equipment, only MRI and CatScan in SMA; some bilingual staff, professional; west of Liverpool on Camino; 01 415 150 3900; Alcocer https://www.facebook.com/HospitalMACSMA/

Electrician + Solar Technology

Tim Morrier is a Canadian Master Electrician working to Canadian code and standards. CANMEX ENERGIAS; email: canmexenergias@gmail.com; phone: 044-415-101-3698


Trampoline center called Sky Zone in Juriquilla just north of Queretaro, across from Antea Mall and City Market. In the Uptown Mall are big box stores, indoor skating along with Sky Zone for people of all ages. http://skyzonequeretaro.com​

Canada de la Virgen Pyramids, 25 minutes from SMA

Adventure Park http://www.parquedeaventurasanmiguel.com/index_eng.php

Coyote Canyon Adventures: hot air balloon, hot springs, horse back rriding, adventure tours etc. http://www.coyotecanyonadventures.com

El Charcoal Botanical Gardens 10 minutes from centro: http://www.elcharco.org.mx/Ingles/

High road from Guanajuato City to Dolores Hidalgo is a 2 lane, paved highway rising to 10,000 feet with gorgeous views and vast pine forests.

Shopping Antea Lifestyle Center is a modern, sophisticated mall on the northern outskirts of Queretaro in what is called Juriquilla. This mall is on a par with most any found in Canada or the US. http://antea.mx

Queretaro Centro is European in feel with parks, fountains and it is clean and safe. Explore the alleyways, numerous restaurants, museums and much more. About 55 minutes from San Miguel.

San Miguel has numerous … [more]
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yesterday by juandante
How a North Carolina School Segregated Again - CityLab
"From the mid-1970s until the early 1990s, Charlotte was the most desegregated major school system in the country, and West Charlotte High School was its flagship. A 1969 federal ruling mandated that each Charlotte school’s student body be 70 percent white and 30 percent black, to match the system-wide demographic.

After a few rocky years, families, students, teachers, and administrators settled in to busing and integration, and Charlotte became a national success story. In 1974, when Boston erupted in violence over its first year of full-scale, court-ordered busing, West Charlotte High hosted students from South Boston so they could see integration in action.

But in 1999, a year after Grundy decided to pen West Charlotte High’s story, a federal judge ordered the city to stop using race in school assignments. Busing ceased. “It was shocking,” says Grundy.

Today, West Charlotte High is 85 percent African American, and almost 83 percent of its students are economically disadvantaged.

Accordingly, Grundy’s book, Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality, published this month, explores not only West Charlotte High’s integration success, but also its subsequent devolution through legislation, increased inequality, and urban displacement.

CityLab caught up with Grundy to talk about the school’s trajectory and what residents can do to foster more equal schools in their communities.

What made West Charlotte High’s integration work?

West Charlotte was the only historically black high school left in the city, and there was a lot of conflict over which white kids were going to have go to it. In the end, a group of wealthy, white parents decided that they were going to put their kids on those buses, and this served as a catalyst. There was a strong sense among them that they were doing something bigger than themselves and their children. The city’s leaders also made integration a priority, as having Charlotte’s schools in racial turmoil did not advance the city’s reputation on the national stage.

It was tough for the West Charlotte community to see their school change. It was an elite black school with strong black teachers. But they welcomed the white students.

What were some successes of West Charlotte High School as an integrated school?

Having the children of powerful parents brought more resources to the school, which strengthened its materials and curriculum. It also had great music and drama programs and sports teams, and the community felt that the school's diversity played a key role in that success.

And if you talk to alumni from the heyday of integration, they all say how much it meant to them to know different types of kids. West Charlotte was very balanced: The black and white students came from a variety of economic backgrounds, and an ESL program brought immigrants as well. No one was dominant, and that meant kids felt that they could try on different identities, be part of different groups.

What about the challenges?

There were stereotypes and misconceptions to overcome. It took work to integrate some of the extracurricular activities, and especially to make sure that black students were in advanced classes.

The other problem, even as schools were integrating, is that Charlotte itself became more segregated by income and race. In the 1980s we see the income gap start to widen, as Ronald Reagan’s economic policies—tax cuts, decreased social spending, deregulation—benefit the well-off and harm the poor. Developers built housing for affluent, mostly white residents in the suburbs. Low-income housing for mostly black residents became even more clustered in the city’s center. These changes made it more difficult to bus, because blacks and whites were living farther from each other. [Editors’ note: See the maps below for an illustration of how segregation increased in Charlotte from 1970 to 1990.]

How did the increase in economic and spatial inequality contribute to West Charlotte High’s resegregation?

The city reassigned students to schools primarily based on where they lived. Because of the concentration of poverty in the city center, West Charlotte's population ended up as the city’s poorest and least diverse.

This occurred at a time when parents were feeling more anxiety about schooling, with a greater focus on the well-being of individual children rather than larger social goals. There was a scramble to get kids to what were seen as the better schools, and when families from better-off areas were given the choice to continue sending their children to West Charlotte, most didn’t. And many more-prosperous families who were newly assigned to West Charlotte sent their children to magnet programs instead. The school was faced with educating a large number of the city’s most challenged children.

For a long time, policymakers were operating with the idea that a school’s demographics didn’t matter, that the right combination of training, testing, and accountability could lift up any school. Charlotte has tried a lot of that, and it doesn’t work. Schools with high concentrations of low-income students are trying to counter all the challenges in those students’ lives—and they just can’t. There’s a lot of stress and instability when you’re poor. For instance, it’s hard for low-income families to find affordable housing, so a lot of families are constantly moving. That’s hard on kids.

There are dedicated, hardworking teachers at these schools, as well as students who overcome great obstacles and succeed. But there’s also a lot of turnover. It’s hard to recruit experienced teachers, and the less-experienced teachers tend to burn out quickly or move to higher-income schools as soon as they can. High-stakes standardized testing creates a huge amount of stress, and it often turns into an exercise in shame and punishment when scores are low.

I strongly believe that if you want schools to be equal, they have to be racially and economically integrated. The community as a whole has to have a stake in all the schools. But there’s so much emphasis on choice now—on making what you think is the best individual decision for your child—rather than working toward a common good. Choice and competition mainly benefit families and communities that already have resources. And there isn't much appetite at the state or federal level to pursue integration. Nor is there a desire among leaders at any level to challenge the market forces that are increasing inequality. Without some of these larger shifts, there’s a limit to what schools can do.

So, in many ways, it doesn’t seem like change is coming down the pike. But we can start with small, local efforts. For instance, the Charlotte school board recently decided to pair two sets of schools—two low poverty and two high poverty—that are relatively close to each other. In each pairing, all the students will go to one school for K-2 and the other for 3-5. Some parents will send their kids to private or charter schools to avoid the arrangement. But others will do it.

It isn’t nearly enough, but we have to start somewhere."

[See also:
"The Resegregation of Jefferson County: What one Alabama town’s attempt to secede from its school district tells us about the fragile progress of racial integration in America."
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/magazine/the-resegregation-of-jefferson-county.html ]
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yesterday by robertogreco
Yes, You Can Build Your Way to Affordable Housing | Sightline Institute
"Houston, Tokyo, Chicago, Montreal, Vienna, Singapore, Germany—all these places have built their way to affordable housing. They’re not alone. Housing economist Issi Romem has detailed the numerous American metro areas that have done the same: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, and more. Many more. They have done so mostly by sprawling like Houston.

In fact, Romem’s principal finding is that US cities divide into three groups: expansive cities (sprawling cities where housing is relatively affordable such as those just listed), expensive cities (which sprawl much less but are more expensive because they resist densification, typified by San Francisco), and legacy cities (like Detroit, which are not growing).

Romem’s research makes clear that the challenge for Cascadian cities is to densify their way to affordability—a rare feat on this continent. Chicago and Montreal are the best examples mentioned above.

In Cascadia’s cities, though, an ascendant left-leaning political approach tends to discount such private-market urbanism for social democratic approaches like that in Vienna.

Unfortunately, the Vienna model, like the Singapore one, may not be replicable in Cascadia. Massive public spending and massive public control work in both Vienna and Singapore, but they depend on long histories of public-sector involvement in housing plus entrenched institutions and national laws that are beyond the pale of North American politics. No North American jurisdiction has ever come close to building enough public or nonprofit housing to keep up with aggregate housing demand. This statement is not to disparage subsidized housing for those at the bottom of the economic ladder or with special needs. Cascadia’s social housing programs provide better residences for hundreds of thousands of people who would otherwise be in substandard homes or on the streets.

But acknowledging the implausibility of the Vienna model for Cascadia may help us have realistic expectations about how large (well, small) a contribution public and nonprofit housing can make in solving the region’s housing shortage writ large. Accepting that reality may help us guard against wishful thinking.

Because adopting a blinkered view of housing models is dangerous. Adopting the view that Vienna, for example, is the one true path to the affordable city—a view that fits well with a strand of urban Cascadia’s current left-leaning politics, which holds that profit-seeking in homebuilding is suspect and that capitalist developers, rather than being necessary means to the end of abundant housing, are to be resisted in favor of virtuous not-for-profit or public ventures—runs the risk of taking us to a different city entirely.

In the political, legal, and institutional context of North America, trying to tame the mega-billion-dollar home building industry—and the mega-trillion dollar real-estate asset value held by homeowners and companies—in order to steer the entire housing economy toward a Viennese public-and-nonprofit model may end up taking us not to Vienna at all but to a different city. It might end up delivering us to San Francisco. So . . ."
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yesterday by robertogreco
Looking Around: Horizontal Space | McMansion Hell
The devastation of vertical cities into horizontal suburbs (hint: a lot of it was racism)
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yesterday by shusta
Il 67,3% dei giovani italiani tra i 18 e i 34 anni vive ancora coi genitori
Italia al top per mamme over 50, un terzo di tutta Ue
L’Italia è al top in Europa per parti di mamme ultracinquantenni. Nel 2014 - secondo gli ultimi dati pubblicati da Eurostat - in Europa sono nati 1.019 bambini da mamme over cinquanta e tra questi 303 sono nati da mamme italiane. Nel nostro Paese il fenomeno è più che raddoppiato dal 2007 quando erano state 141. More on this subject: https://www.vice.com/it/article/vbgaja/giovani-italiani-che-vivono-coi-genitori-foto?utm_source=vicefbit
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