Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

SEMARNAT, Mexico's equivalent of the Interior Dept., has just handed out a bunch of awards to the Cleanest Cities in Mexico:

The "Ciudades Mas Limpias de Mexico" contest targets municipal governments throughout Mexico, as well as delegation offices in Mexico City to promote best practices for cleaning streets, beaches, parks and forests, with gold medal prizes awarded to Izamal, Yucatan; Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo; Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes and Culiacan, Sinaloa.

Silver medal recipients were: Chihuahua, Chihuahua; Tulum, Quintana Roo; Tulancingo, Hidalgo; Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas; Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas; Morelia, Michoacan; Acajete, Puebla; Queretaro, Queretaro; and Colima, Colima.

We don't mean to be ungracious, but fucking silver? Seriously? If Querétaro has one thing going for it (a debatable point, yes) it's that it's possibly the cleanest place in the world not controlled by the Walt Disney Company. You could build microchips on the streets in the Centro Historico. Every day, from dawn until dusk, and army of orange-jacketed women with sweep the streets and the sidewalks multiple times with handmade brooms. A couple times a month those same streets are hosed down by high-pressure water trucks, despite the region's chronic water shortage. If we ever needed surgery, we'd be comfortable having it done on the sidewalk outside Burro Hall.

Needless to say, we'll be dispatching the interns to Izamal, Benito Juarez, Aguascalientes and Culiacan, and then challenging these results in court.

Update: Exhibit A.
Culiacán "no es limpio," residents say

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Culiacan is filty, there is garbage everywhere in downtown and on the rivers, I'm impress... well after a little thinking I believe the drug lords have a hand in the picking.

Leah Flinn said...

At least you got silver. I'm sure Veracruz would be listed as one of the dirtiest! The trash is really a problem here, how do you change the mindsets of people so they start cleaning it up?

Anonymous said...

Forget the cities..has anyone cast a look at the countryside recently? There aren't enough orange-coated sweepers in the world to clean up THAT mess.

Anonymous said...

San Miguel must be smarting.