Mazatlán contrasts

December 12, 2010

I know a lot of my readers like to know what’s going on about town.  I have written about the updating going on at the Plazuela Hidalgo (also known as Lion Park or Plaza de Los Leones) on Angel Flores in Centro.  Here is a picture of the Plazuela when they had removed the walkway surface but before much had been done.  The picture at the top of the post is a side view of the front of the library with the gold painted lions guarding the door.  The building has been repainted, the plantings improved and sod laid.  Not to mention the new cobblestone sidewalk, below.  They’ve even installed new, large, garbage cans!

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The La Siesta Hotel is a landmark on the malecón.  I believe after the Belmar Hotel had its sidewalk canopy collapse last January the La Siesta probably decided to take a look at their canopy, too.  One thing led to another and we have been watching them work on the building for quite a while.  Below is a picture of the building partway through the work.

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They have added a lot of new steel to the balconies and reconfigured the windows, etc.  I love the new look which is getting close to done, below.

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Also on Olas Altas, a building is being remodeled to be a small hotel, I believe.  They have been working on this a while, and are adding another story – with the use of a pumper truck for their concrete.  Amazing!

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We’re amazed because most often we see buckets being used to move concrete from the street to the roof, or, like in the picture below, bricks from the street to the house.  Access is a huge issue in the narrow streets of Centro, and while the small hotel pictured above is only a couple of doors away from the project below, the delivery arrangements and access are totally different!

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4 Comments
    1. Nancy,
      Godd pictures as usual. I really like the building construction practices contrast between the pumper truck and the 5 gallon bucket with rope. Those green trees and dry ground sure look inviting as well!
      Terry

      1. Terry, The construction practices here do take some getting used to. Mixing concrete in the street is the usual way. That scraping sound alerts us to someone remodeling nearby! Oh, by the way, we have not had a drop of rain here since September. Really.

    1. Wow – great pics, and what a contrast!! Thank you for sharing. I hate to say this, but here in Cancun I do not see much of any remodeling going on. Maybe one day….:)

    1. I see our room at La Siesta!!! How great they are working on the hotel and I like Lion’s Park, looks very nice.

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