Home to 35+ colonias as designated by the federal government, our county and area is in need of continued planning efforts, plus escape from the extremes of apathy and gentrification.
That takes a moral compass that’s stronger than politics.
Let’s take a quick drive south. Crossing the Rio Grande, the banks lined with Salix exigua as far as the thunderheads build.
Principal-centered folks will be part of the solution, helping turn colonias into communities. These are opportunities for where people already live.
Entering tiny San Miguel, adobe row buildings define NM-28.
The nicest woman who I assume owns the market helped me, after the younger woman in front of me was sharing her day in Spanglish!
Older, she spoke of how this time of the year – the monsoon season – “we want the rain but now we don’t.” My guess is 2006 and 2008 are fresh in the minds, not to mention the 2-3 inches of rain that fell the night before.
Water used well and problems becoming made the solutions are a low-cost, high value solution – green infrastructure. So is getting people to take pride in what they have or could have.
These houses are growing tomatoes and other plants for themselves.
We can redevelop better so water after our every-other-day downpours is put to use.
Shade is the first thing that comes to mind, but I have many others including public spaces for residents and tourists alike, with maintenance programmed in.
7/27/17 weather: 89 / 70 / 0.02