If you’re an artsy fartsy expat, or even just a fartsy one, the following generic email probably looks familiar:
Everything is great here in Mexico City.Stop worrying about heads being chopped off. I’m only paying $300 USD for rent and now I have plenty of time for my creative projects – wait till you see my latest blog post about how silly garbage men are out here! Tacos, bla bla bla, Lucha Libre, bleep bloop, Literature and art are out of control!
Sorry to break this to all you Johnny Gringostein’s out there, but Moms and Pops now have the perfect comeback to all of our justifications and rationalizations for living in Mexico. The parental units need only utter one word and your points will be rendered moot: DETROIT!
Forget about cheap rent, you can buy an entire house for less than $3,000 USD. Granted, you probably have to replace the copper that’s been scavenged out of the kitchen and put up a crackhead-proof fence, but its a small price to pay for the American dream.
You want rich culinary culture? Look no further than the Glemie Dean Beasley, a Detroit resident who calls himself Coon Man. Charlie LeDuff reports that Beasley uses his hounddog to run racoons up trees and then sells the meat, which probably makes fine tacos and only costs $12 per carcass.
Worried you’ll miss Lucha Libre? No problem, Motown’s got plenty of colorful characters just aching to put someone in a full nelson. I bet the 70-year-old man who allegedly tried to leave pipe bombs outside of the Motor City Casino probably likes to wear tights and a shiny mask all the time.
As for arts and literature, The Detroit Free Press just won a Pulitzer, and um hello, where else could be the birthplace to both Madonna AND Bob “Against the Wind” Seger?
If all of this news has you even halfway convinced, you better act fast. The New York Times reported last month that a German couple is interested in snapping up one of the cheap houses and turning it into a two-story-tall beehive. When’s the last time you saw that in Condesa?