FOX NEWS LATINO — The Acapulco of the 21st century is a far cry from its glamorous past of the 1960s and 1970s. Hugging Guerrero’s coastal mountains overlooking a gorgeous natural bay, the then still relatively small town, which wasn’t even connected to Mexico City by a real road until 1932, was one of the Western Hemisphere’s most exclusive holiday resorts.
Hollywood stars like Johnny Weismuller bought villas on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. U.S. president John F. Kennedy came here on his honeymoon. Mexican cultural icons like actress Maria Félix and singer José Alfredo Jiménez grasped every opportunity they could get to be seen there. It was a city of glamorous hotels and casinos, the backdrop to an Elvis Presley picture.
That city no longer exists. Over the course of a half century, corruption, uncontrolled construction, an absence of any kind of urban planning and a steady stream of immigrants from the countryside of Guerrero, one of the country’s poorest and most violent states, has transformed Acapulco from a swanky resort into a chaotic, polluted and congested metropolis of more than one million people.