At the end of a year I always like to do a bit of “summing up.” I think about what went well and what didn’t for the year just ending and often think of about my hope for the future. I did make my own resolutions this year, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about my Mazatlán hopes for the new year.
So many of my previous “hopes” have come to pass – the new organic market every Saturday (starting January 7) and English language play readings and independent film showings. So here you go – my hopes and dreams for Mazatlán in the coming year:
- I hope that tourism recovers, since there are many people struggling to make ends meet these days. I hope every one of us will take whatever opportunities present themselves to tell people how much we enjoy the city. You don’t need to have a blog to get the word out, either. You can comment on newspaper articles, share positive stories on social media sites, and – of course – talk to people!
- I am so happy to see that there is less graffiti here in Centro – as we all know it’s important to paint it out quickly in order to deter new tags. There appears to be a civic effort to paint it out right away now -all I can say is that’s fantastic! Let’s all make sure we keep it up!
- I would love to see Mazatlán’s expat community have a community space. I dream about a building that would be perfect for seminars, movies, play readings, lectures, classes, and more. There has to be a space out there that would be perfect for this – perhaps one of you reading this even knows of a space that is available or could be made available. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
- I’d also love to see Centro become more pedestrian-friendly. When we travel we always enjoy the downtown areas where certain areas are closed to traffic – like they’ve done in Oaxaca, Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, and Puebla. I believe Mazatlán’s most important attractions are Centro Historico, the malecón, and the beaches. We should make sure they are clean, well maintained, well lit, secure, and walkable.
2012 is stretching in front of us, wouldn’t it be great if some of these dreams could come true?