Hig?ey has a vibrant emerging economy, first as a distribution hub and second as a workforce for the Punta Cana resorts. Given that the vast majority of adults grew up under tin or even thatched roofs, they've come a long way. Around here, anyone with glass windows is middle class, and anyone with an SUV is *rich*. Those folks living in the shanty send their two kids off to school everyday. Meanwhile, I know of plenty of families who live in shoebox apts for 2000-3000/month who can't afford to send their kids to school. Life is full of choices.