Open the journalistic template of local Davids versus Wal-Mart Goliath stories for this story: Small group is fighting big-box store in Mexico. Gist:
A Wal-Mart-owned discount store rising a half-mile from the ancient temples of Teotihuacan has touched off a fight by a small coalition that doesn’t want to see the big, boxy outlet from the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.
But with most people in the area supporting Wal-Mart, the group is waging a lonely battle for what it calls its defense of Mexico’s landscape and culture.
The dispute in Teotihuacan – a town built next to the ruins of the 2,000-year-old metropolis – illustrates how the allure of low prices and U.S. lifestyles often wins out in Mexico, leaving traditionalists struggling to draw a line in rapidly shifting cultural sands.
Apparently, the group wants a return to rule-by-priests, human sacrifice, and war between the tribes in Mexico, because that’s the heritage behind the Pyramid of the Sun and other great historical sites in Mexico.
Or could there be something else?
“We’d rather not have Mickey Mouse on top of the Pyramid of the Moon,” says Emmanuel D’Herrera, a business owner in Teotihuacan, 30 miles north of Mexico City.
He’s a business owner in danger of a little competition, but so are all the traditionalists who stand to lose a little commerce of their own whenever customers have a choice.
He [D’Herrera] contends a tall sign will loom near the huge twin pyramids that draw hundreds of thousands of tourists annually, although a government-appointed archaeologist disputes that.
And while the store is visible from atop the pyramid, so are many other modern businesses and houses.
Probably D’Herrera’s, too, but we notice he’s not offering to raze his business or to spill his blood on the altar of traditionalism.
What does everyone else think about the Yanqui imperialists?
Underlining his group’s lack of support, D’Herrera said probably 70 percent of the town’s mostly poor residents support the new store because it will offer lower prices than the area’s small shops.
Damn the unwashed, uneducated masses and their thirst for civilization over an oppressive past and cheap consumer goods over sustenance farming.
Funny how the papers and media alter their support for the common man when it suits their cognac-sniffing sensibilities, ainna?