Talking of the Bicentenario, as I was yesterday, I’ve been hunting down info from across the web on the big party. There is the official Bicentenario website which has an absolute ton of information. And videos. And some half decent desktop wallpapers. And a whole load more. It’s all in Spanish, so if that’s not a lingo you’re familiar with you’re stuck. Unless you’re using Google Chrome as your browser of choice, which will auto translate the page for you. I recommend it, even if you don’t need that facility.
The next website is one I found advertised outside the National Palace in the Zocalo, for an exhibition they’re having, and it’s the absolute quintessential example of the numerous Bicentenario projects – it’s still under construction. Everywhere I look, there are placards, billboards and other signage sitting next to uncompleted (and sometimes not even half done) construction sites.
The new Linea 12 metro station looks nice in the artists impressions and all, but that’s years away from being finished. The huge roadworks project heading north from near Cuatro Caminos is just a nightmare to drive through and will remain that way for some time to come. Other projects such as Torre Bicentenario never even got off the ground.
Other constructions have got started and look mighty impressive. The Baluarte bridge will be one of the world’s tallest when finished. And there are plenty of other skyscrapers and towers planned for cities around the country, primarily Mexico DF, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The latter having just opened a brand new football stadium with a game between Chivas and Manchester United.
But back to the roadworks project I mentioned. I watched a documentary on the construction of this second tier road quite some time back, which finished with a helicopter tour along the length of it. The scale is impressive, even if their ability to work to schedule is not…