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  • Immigrants drive business boom in city’s ‘Little Chihuahau’

    Puerto Peñasco waitress Evelyn Rodriguez delivers an order to Dan Chavez, left, and Paul Gonzales on Dec. 10. The south side of Santa Fe has grown in the past couple of years, with many Mexican immigrants flocking to the area. Entrepreneurs have opened businesses that cater to the immigrants, who mostly come from the state of Chihuahua. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 10:22 pm, Fri Dec 27, 2013.

It’s a Sunday, and soccer games are playing silently on overhead televisions in a little eatery on Santa Fe’s south side. Mexican brass-band music known as banda is playing.

Families sit at red upholstered booths lined against the wall. Children dip chips into avocado salsa as their mothers watch over them. The fathers, many in cowboy shirts and boots, sip on Mexican beers or salt-rimmed micheladas, a beer-and-tomato infused cocktail similar to a bloody Mary. The cocktail’s name is a play on words, mimicking the phrase mi chela heleda, Mexican slang for “my cold beer.”

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10 comments:

  • Paula Lozar posted at 10:06 pm on Sun, Dec 29, 2013.

    PLozar Posts: 25

    I'm hoping for more locally owned businesses like Las Delicias and Puerto Penasco, not generic dollar stores selling plastic junk.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:50 am on Tue, Dec 24, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 475

    Auto parts stores because this demographic (locals and those attracted to our Sanctuary city status) historically works on their own cars. "Dollar stores" well, do you think Paul that this area can support and Overland Sheepskin Co., J. Crew, or Alpine Sports?

     
  • Michael Grimler posted at 11:11 pm on Mon, Dec 23, 2013.

    shooter Posts: 149

    Check out the crime activity in those neighborhoods here:

    https://www.crimereports.com/?NID=1333

     
  • philip olivas posted at 10:01 am on Mon, Dec 23, 2013.

    barbedwirephilip Posts: 3

    If you like CRIME n DRUGS go south of St. Francis dr.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:29 am on Mon, Dec 23, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 475

    More pro-illegal Mexican propaganda from the Santa Fe "NEW" Mexican. Not a lick of gratitude from those quoted in this article how Santa Fe, with Alcalde' Coss's Sanctuary City policies and against it's people's will, has taken them in and given them the opportunity to live and flourish here. Uriel, The animosity between true local Hispanics and those that have illegally invaded the South side will grow unless you stop rubbing this illegal population in our faces. Ray Rivera, as an Editor, you'd be smart to run pieces that are less dividing. Quoting the State Farm guy? Really? Is that to address the fact that even though the NM law issuing them driver's licenses was supposed to bring down the number of uninsured motorist? Very clever Uriel. I'm sure you're reading this so don't forget to inject a quote of gratitude (weather it's real or not) for Santa Fe sanctuary City policies that your gente should be a lot more grateful for on your next propaganda piece.
    "“They’ve revitalized the south side,” said Lopez" does that mean they've invaded the South-side and through the exploitation of the 14th amendment are causing our schools to hemorrhage with ESL speakers and wrecking the education system. Is that your definition of "revitalized?" No thanks, only what you think you bring to the table. What an arrogance coming out of that culture.

    . What an arrogant people, only more of the hard working spiel that

     
  • Paula Lozar posted at 9:12 pm on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    PLozar Posts: 25

    I've lived on the south side for 22 years. The crime rate is lower than in many more central areas of Santa Fe, and there are considerably fewer vacant storefronts. While I deplore the proliferation of auto parts stores and "dollar stores" on Airport Road, I hope things will improve now that we're about to be annexed to the city.

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 4:42 pm on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 324

    The immigrants open their own businesses because they want a better life for themselves. Don't see too many local loser, druggie, burglars or lifers on welfare and food stamps, driving Cadillac and Lincoln SUVs attempting that, do you? As long as they are here, more power to them

     
  • Rachel Cogent posted at 12:50 pm on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    Gnarlodious Posts: 22

    I hate whats going on down there, totally unregulated urban sprawl. For some reason that area is exempted from the oversight northerners are subjected to.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:07 am on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 618

    illegals open their own businesses because it's illegal for them to work for anyone else in the United States without documentation.

     
  • Lance Johnson posted at 10:32 am on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    lgjhere Posts: 7

    Let’s face it, this immigration thing is a 20th century issue that has slopped over into the 21st century. The time has come to finally resolve it in an intelligent fashion, as three-fourths of Americans favor and Obama confronts head-on. A new award-winning worldwide book/ebook that helps explain the role, struggles, and contributions of immigrants and minorities is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.” It paints a revealing picture of America for anyone who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs those who want to learn more about the last remaining superpower and how we compare to other nations on many issues.
    As the book points out, immigrants and minorities are a major force in America. Immigrants and the children they bear account for 60 percent of our nation’s population growth and own 11 percent of US businesses and are 60 percent more likely to start a new business than native-born Americans. They represent 17 percent of all new business owners (in some states more than 30 percent). Foreign-born business owners generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California and nearly one-fifth in New York, Florida, and New Jersey. In fact, forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were started by an immigrant or a child of an immigrant, creating 10 million jobs and seven out of ten top brands.

     
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