That’s what the sign says, and it’s posted in front of one of the most beguiling ruins I’ve seen in the Gringo Gulch. It’s on 66, between 49 and 53, and it caught our attention (as did the nearby Coca-Cola wall) on the day of the casa crawl.
Again, the point of our day was to appreciate fresh renovations and new designs, but I kept getting caught up in the romance of the ruins as they are. Don’t tourists come to Yucatán to see ruins, after all? These are just the 20th-century kind.
I did something here I had never done before. I stuck my camera-phone through a broken window and blindly took pictures of what I could not see. The results were stunning, at least to me. Some day, this will be somebody’s wonderful home again, but not before those administrative proceedings, whatever they may be. So why is the city singling out this old house on 66? This is the first time I’ve seen the city post a sign threatening administrative proceedings, although this is far from the only falling-down ruin we’ve seen. It’s likely that there is no paperwork proving ownership of the house, and this block is definitely on the move.
This area is busy and loud, but it’s also smack-dab in the center of expat action. Across the street is a spiffy re-do that I later found to be a major wow-factor in the Showcase of Homes. This stretch of 66 also includes the Arabesque condos; Casa Dos, a well-known house rental; and Los Arcos, a popular guesthouse. Closer to 53 is the shuttered Christian bookstore that we were crushing on almost a year ago, and is still for sale. Around the corner is the English-language library. It’s only slightly amusing that also right across from this ruin is the VPI construction company with signs explaining its modernization services.
In the end, we decided being near the walkable Paseo de Montejo was our priority, but not before thoroughly exploring this extraordinary neighborhood in the heart of what’s affectionately called the Gringo Gulch.