When I first moved to Merida, it was a very different place than it is now. There were few of the services we have today. There weren’t nearly so many choices… like where to shop, where to eat out… what movie to watch. Entertainment was limited, and to a large degree, we had to devise our own.
There were a lot less people living here too – about 320,000 in 1976. Now Merida is a city of approximately 1,000,000. That’s quite a jump. Basically the population has increased 300,000 every decade. And the roads? Well, to tell the truth, they are not much different than when I arrived. City planners never imagined there would be so many cars in 2011.
So now it has been decided that an underpass is to be built to ease the traffic along Montejo and the roads that traverse it east / west. This has raised a lot of controversy. The state government has been criticized as has just about everyone else who agrees this is necessary. Yes, a few properties will be affected… yes, some trees will be cut down… yes, there will be awful disruptions in traffic while the construction is going on… yes, the businesses along the route will be seriously impacted.
But what else can be done? Those who oppose the idea have no better one. They offer no other suggestions as to where another underpass might be built.
It is upsetting when our routines are changed. Our principal theater has been closed for repairs. The arches at Santa Lucia Plaza are covered up because they are being restored and I agree… it is a mess! But what is the alternative?
We can’t get about 700,000 people to move somewhere else, thus freeing up the roads and in fact we are going to need to make room for 100s of 1,000s more citizens before Merida’s growth stops. ‘Better we stop whining and get with the program!
My cars in 1976 and now….