Was it me, or was there more scaffolding everywhere this month? It seemed I was climbing through and walking around scaffolds more than usual during our last jaunt to Mérida. I say “climbing through” because that was the only way to get into a very chichi shop I was browsing on 55. (They sell perfume and serve cappuccino and both are good; I’ll write about that later.)
Some of the reconstruction can be attributed to the city’s “Rescate de Fachadas” plan, which has been going on since the mid-1990s. Other projects are initiated by regular folks, like us, who see growth opportunities in Mérida.
I’m thrilled to see investment in the White City, but sometimes I pause to consider what’s happened in the U.S. when a neighborhood starts to get fixed up. Rents escalate, and middle-class people and mom-and-pop merchants are driven out. New York City is barely worth visiting anymore as chain boutiques and megastores replace the old independent shops that gave the city its character. High culture is doing just fine, but the vastly [Read more...]