Bienvenido, loyal reader. As followers of this blog know, Bruce and Mary love a good walkabout, and they invite you to come along, Provecho!
As with most of our walkabouts they begin with a bus ride. We are at the bus stop on Calle Basilio Badillo just shy of Av Insurgentes. We were looking for any green Pitillal bus but, as an added bonus, we see at the top of the destination menu that this one will take us right into the heart of Colonia Infonavit.
We look away from the river and seeÂ what appears to be gov’t housing. Which gets me to the fact that you were probably wondering what’s up with ‘Infonavit’ as a name for a colonia? Who is this Infonavit guy, a buddy of Pancho Villa’s or what? In actuality, Infonavit is the name of a gov’t program designed to provide low income housing. The difference being, as a local pointed out to us, that opposed to say Detroit’s low income housing, here, residents own their homes. In fact Infonavit is the largest home mortgage source in Latin America.
We’re walking Av. Hidalgo, which appears to be a main artery east/west through Infonavit, when we spot this produce stand and I check it out. Not bad, sandias personales, personal watermelons are 14P/kg. This morning at Mercado Emiliano Zapata they were 13P.
We’ve come to more gov’t housing and it is done so nicely. Separating the rows of houses is an alley way garden that we see is well taken care of. The developement is between calles Marcelino Garcia Barragan y J. Jose Gonzales Gallo.
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. If you have stories of the neighborhoods of Vallarta, please share. Hasta proximo Domingo!