You all know I love it here. But there are times when I just shake my head and wonder about how decisions get made. (I’m glad I can shake my head and laugh at the same time!)
At the top of this post is the street Heriberto Frias – between Angel Flores and Constitución. This is the street with Casa Haas, a historic house used for a museum and concerts and ends a block further at the Plazuela Machado. The Plazuela Machado is one of Centro’s biggest tourist attractions, with open air restaurants, outdoor vendors, and live music. But just try to get there without getting your feet dirty!
This civic project started in March and was to be done by the end of May. With our rainy season in full swing by mid-June, that was good planning! But good planning or not, the “beautification” project has gone sadly astray.
It is close to impossible to maneuver either in your car or on foot without bumping into a street blockage in Centro. The street I live on is now home to endless busses (in the past there were none) since all the other streets are blocked where they normally travel.
The picture below shows Carnaval at Angel Flores. There’s been some progress here. I like the new sturdy looking curbs and you can see the stacks of cobblestone pavers they’ll be installing soon. This was a nice sight to see.
The picture below just makes me shake my head. But I also said a silent “thank you” to whoever put the paver stepping stones here so I could cross without getting wet. This is on Benito Juarez at Constitución. See the pile of pavers in the background? Those were removed from the sidewalks before they wrecked the street.
The picture below is Lake Constitución (or as one resident put it una alberca olimpica or an olympic swimming pool) – otherwise known as Calle Constitución between Carnaval (the Plazuela Machado) and Benito Juarez. I really feel sad for Topolo restaurant – a lovely restaurant that people dress up to visit. Not with these streets, you don’t! You should see some of the houses on this block – their fronts splashed with muddy drips.
The newspaper reports that there are problems with money – they found when they dug up the streets that the water and sewer pipes were in worse shape than expected – and that they don’t expect to be done now until the end of July. My unofficial bucket rain gauge shows in the last couple of days we’ve had more than 6 inches of rain, I can only imagine how hard that kind of rain will make getting this project complete.
The picture below is Constitución on the other side of Benito Juarez.
I have only shown you few samples that were on my walk this afternoon. This project was originally planned to improve the tourist corridor – a commendable idea. I hope they can get the project done by the end of July, as I expect it to be lovely when it is complete – and the new piping will be great for Centro, too. I just wish that a bit more planning and disclosure had taken place ahead of time!