By Dylan R.N. Crabb
Living in New Mexico is like living in a trailer park that’s been granted statehood. Our infrastructure is barely up to twentieth century standards, our politicians are unprofessional (technically), and most people don’t know how to drive.
New Mexico does have potential for growth if only the public would ditch this lingering old West, Libertarian mindset. “Live free or die,” as they say – oh, wait, wrong state! New Mexico’s motto is a question: “red or green?” That’s also a good way to figure out if someone was born/raised in New Mexico, just ask the person if they like smothering their food in chili peppers to the point where you can’t even taste the main part of the dish. Mexican-style food is delicious when it’s not smothered with one thing like chili peppers or cheese but I’ve digresed.
Perhaps I’m fixating on some things that don’t matter. Perhaps I’m judging New Mexico a little too harshly. New Mexican communities are heavily family-oriented which make for very cohesive communities, albeit communities that are not very well coordinated as one over-arching community throughout the entire state. We’re more like a lot of isolated communties amidst an incredibly wide expanse of geography. Maybe if we had some decent public transportation that was more widespread to more population centers, we could be operating as a more cohesive statewide community.
One area where New Mexico looks very promising is the film industry and we can hope that the state takes further advantage of of this. With the new studio that Netflix is opening in Albuquerque, perhaps we can become the next Los Angeles in a few decades as an entertainment epicenter.