"Mexico's Ghost Towns" (from leftwing In These Times)
Posted Thu, May 29, 2008 at 11:24 am
The leftwing In These Times offers "Mexico's Ghost Towns", a discussion of how massive immigration to the U.S. has hollowed out the interior of Mexico and turned some small towns into virtual ghost towns:
Cerrito del Agua, population 3,000, has no paved roads — either leading to it or within it. No restaurants, no movie theaters, no shopping malls. In fact, the small town located in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas has no middle schools, high schools or colleges; no cell phone service, no hospital. Its surrounding fields are dry and untended. The streets are empty.Note also that the author (John Gibler) is a "Global Exchange Media fellow". I believe that refers to Susan Medea Benjamin's Global Exchange.
The explosion of emigration to the United States over the past 15 years has emptied much of central Mexico, even reaching into southernmost states like Chiapas and Yucatan. But it has simply devastated Zacatecas, a dry, rolling agricultural region located about 400 miles northwest of Mexico City...