Troy Media columnist Mike Robinson, who has been CEO of three Canadian NGOs: the Arctic Institute of North America, the Glenbow Museum and the Bill Reid Gallery, gives some free advice to San Miguel’s local government and entrepreneurs (based on anecdotal evidence and analysis, garnered over his six decades of travel):
- Try to zone as much of the Centro district for pedestrian mobility only.
- Embrace electric buses for public transit as soon as possible.
- Tax and zone to promote the need-to-reside-principle like in Banff, where vacant residences owned by oligarchs and jet-setters are prohibited.
- Wherever possible, enable locals to stay local with their homes and businesses.
- And stay the course with a local culture that embraces art and critical thought as the real stuff of life.
According to Mike, that should keep new and old cultural disciples happily coming back to San Miguel de Allende.