We Must Protect Ticos From Themselves: Maxi-Pali (Walmart) in Atenas; Megamall in Alajuela — 5 Comments

  1. @Martin: absolutely a tough question… one that small towns all across the U.S. dealt with decades ago. Many of the main streets didn’t survive because shoppers had no loyalty to small merchants. I think Atenas is different in this respect: I sense a lot of shop-loyalty. But like other culture-changes in CR, this may change too over with the next generation.

    • You’re right, of course, Mark. I think that it’s inevitable that these attitudes, such as shop-loyalty, will change with the generations. When I think of the children of my many wonderful “humilde” neighbors in Puriscal, I realize that you could already see this happening.

  2. Interesting post. I don’t know what I think about it. When I left CR in 2006 Multiplaza was certainly there and I found it came in handy often. On the other hand, I do hate to see CR becoming another Miami — tropical, overdeveloped, noisy, crowded, etc.

    Nevertheless, what Jo Ann says is also quite true. We go to places like CR because we want to get away from many of these things at home. But that doesn’t mean that the people who are natives of those places don’t want those things — usually quite to the contrary. And the expats don’t have to participate, they don’t have to shop at Costco and Maxi Pali, etc. They can live out in the country and I did outside of Puriscal.

    By the same token, Goinglikesixty is also right. Many of the negative consequences of our life style in the U.S. will, without a doubt, become endemic in CR to the degree that life there becomes more like ours.

    It’s a tricky question.

  3. Expats are always complaining about every new thing that comes along. You know, they’re the first to call Costa Rica a “third world country”, but the Ticos don’t *want* to be a third world country. They want the things & places that we left behind. If you don’t like Walmart, don’t shop there, if you don’t like McDonald’s, etc., don’t eat there. The Ticos are rushing to be just like us!

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