But there is also a dark underbelly which many people do not want to acknowledge or even discuss. Rather than look to the civil list or Atencion for information about safety issues, I would suggest reading the Mexican newspapers such as Correo or El Sol del Bajio. San Miguel is not an island unto itself.
Exactly. And if you try to discuss this with most folks who
live in San Miguel, you may find yourself frozen out of future
social contact with them.
We lived in San Miguel part-time for two years. There is actually
quite a bit of "stuff" going on there for a town of it's size. And
we had no doubt about the existence of the "underbelly"--all you
have to do is befriend a few local tradesmen for example (plumbers,
electricians, etc.) and have some conversations with them--and
over time you will discover the Mexican population of San Miguel
has quite a different take on the "magic" than most expats.
When we left San Miguel we invited our electrician over to give
him a number of items that would be helpful for his family. He
stood with us literally crying over our departure, expressing his
sadness and anger about what is happening in San Miguel.
So do your homework--it's such a pretty town, but there's a good
reason there are so many homes for sale--and why there are even
active realtors there who do NOT own their own homes. They rent.