We’ve been trying to get down to Mérida at least every three months, but it’s been about five months since our last trip. We would have been down sooner but the discouraging April-May weather predictions, and the hope of starting construction later this year, caused us to break that rhythm. In the meantime, I use every resource on the Internet to keep on top of things.
There’s so much to learn about everything, and much of the time I use Google Street View. I’m noticing more and more, however, how out of date Street View is. This is good news, really. It shows Centro to be dynamic and pushing forward, and it’s comforting that I’m not the only one pouring significant money into a project there.
In the north part of Centro on Calle 60, where Mexico International just listed a generously proportioned property for $279,900, a video to promote the house offers a glimpse of progress. It opens with a quick pan of the streetscape. I compared the video with Street View, and could see some evidence of construction and renovation. Signs of vitality. Yay. (Be sure to check the slide show above.)
Then a news site mentioned the recovery of historic sites near the Plaza Grande. I remember my horror at seeing a practically neglected, unappreciated building that looked like it belonged in medieval Rome. Now, it’s painted and gussied up. The streets were rebuilt as well, and have a little more character. Apparently, some buidings will be a historically accurate red next time we come down.
Proud as I am that I can use Google, Panoramio and YouTube to do my sleuthing, I’m kind of sad that I’m reduced to these methods. We’ll be back in three weeks, and I’ll be happy to see in person how Centro is evolving.