On Saturday night the Yucatan city of Mérida put on a free concert as a gift to it's citizens and visitors. The city supplied and prepared the venue, an unused railway yard, and local businesses paid for the concert. The performer was the Columbian superstar, Shakira who put on a solid two hour concert.
Tickets were required but were available free for the asking at most businesses. The majority of people stood, but there was preferential seating for the disabled and for youngsters who had demonstrated outstanding academic or sporting prowess. Teachers and coaches were previously invited to nominate students for the treat. 150,000 tickets were handed out! There were no riots, no looting, no fires lit. Why? Mérida is civilized!
"Good evening, Mérida! Tonight is yours!"