Sunday, October 2, 2011

20th Century On (part 2)

Led by bohemians, foreign, cultural and cosmopolitan influences have continued. In the 1960s, along with folks from Mexican film industry, the counterculture arrived from the US with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Neal Cassaday, drunk on the railroad tracks one night outside of town, died here from exposure. In the '70s, hippies drank in La Cucaracha bar, formerly Jack Kerouac's favorite local watering-hole. The city and nearby sanctuary were declared a World Heritage Site in July 2008 by UNESCO.

Ten thousand foreigners, mostly from the Canada and the US, today call San Miguel home, making up about ten percent of the population. San Miguel de Allende's vibrant housing market dropped in 2010. Mexican drug related violence (not present in San Miguel) and global economic problems effecting foreign residents seem to be the cause.
San Miguel Allende Vacation Guide

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