s trailer/property surrounded by 6 foot chain link then prison style barbed wire 2 feet above that! You know, the kind that is coiled up with knife blade barbs. Creepy. His was one of the few pieces of property not tagged with gang graffiti. There is vandalism everywhere you look. Most of the neighborhoods are trailer park communities and the first couple of homes, entering from the highway, are always tagged up with spray paint. It appears that there may be no real garbage pickup service in these communities either. Or they just opted out. You will see bags of garbage just thrown out onto the highway outside of the neighborhoods. I guess they figure that it will eventually blow down to the next town. I've been in some poor communities before but never like this. It's the lack of pride that is the disturbing part. We've only been through the northern part of NM so far. A local told us that the southern part is really bad. How much worse can it be? Also, we haven't been traveling the interstate highways either. Just state highways through smaller towns. Maybe it will be different once we hit interstate 20. I made some comments on some of the pictures. See for yourself. Some of these pics are crappy cuz they were taken from a moving vehicle.
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So far our first impression of New Mexico has been.... not good. It is incredibly depressed here. Almost like everyone just gave up on the place. Pretty sad and kind of disturbing. One picture still stuck in my head.... driving down the highway was a guy'