Mazatlan’s Summer of Dust

July 16, 2012

A blog reader – Terry – asked for more pictures of the projects here in Centro so what could I do but oblige him? Actually, Paul and I took a walk this afternoon and of course I had to take pictures of everything that was going on.

At the top of this post you’ll see a big surprise – new, big, nice, sturdy looking street lights! Who knew? The street in the photo is Angel Flores, and probably the new lights is why they have dug up the sidewalk tiles. But I love the lights, even though if I had been in charge I probably would have removed the padding before they were all the way erect. Sigh.

The photo below has been pictured twice before – Angel Flores and Heriberto Frias. It’s getting close, but no cigar so far.


The next one you’ve seen before, too. Angel Flores and Carnaval. Still no sidewalk, not finished.


The next photo is up near the Plazuela Machado on Carnaval – we had to make a big loop around construction to get there even though it’s only in the block to the back of the picture above. See the new lights getting ready to be installed in the photo below? Just please don’t tell me they’re going to dig up the newly installed pavers to install these new lights, please!?!


The next two are on Constitución. What a mess it is still! I know they’re making progress, but how long can it take? The top one is standing mid block looking back at the Plazuela and the next one is pivoted the other direction facing Benito Juarez.



The next one gives you some idea of what it would be like to live in one of these houses. You would track in dirt every time you came and went. No doors or windows could be open. Litter in front. Dirt splashed on the house front. What a mess.


I know it is going to be nice when it’s done and we’ll probably forget all about this – but really, Mazatlán… you could do better by your loving and patient residents. A little notice, a little planning, and a little respect for people and their homes and livelihoods would go a long way! Just on this one block at least 8-10 businesses have had their income and lives disrupted for months.

That’s the end of my rant and the end of my reporting on the mess in Centro. When it’s done I’ll be the first to show you the beautiful end result.

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    1. Definitely a work in progress, but I see so much potential! The houses are beautiful, I love the trees, and the lamps and pavers look really cute.

      1. Laura, You’re right, the houses are beautiful. Mazatlan is so special having a historic Centro right on the beach. It will be lovely when it’s done.

        Steve, My sympathies, señor. But that’s life in a little village in Mexico I guess.

        1. Just back from a little stroll, there is quite a bit of progress. Constitución has most of its sidewalks reconstructed and there are the new very solid looking curbs. From the look of it they’ll be paving soon. Carnaval next to Pedro & Lola’s is done – they installed the new lights without incident and they look great. The two blocks next to Angel Flores are still pretty rough but there are lots of people working.

    1. At least the rain must have eased up. I don’t see all the mud and puddles that were in your first pictures of the road work. The part that is finished does look really lovely though. I’d like to visit Mazatlan, (after all the work is finished) I haven’t been there in almost 30 years.

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