Few of the planned repairs, monuments, building programs and other Bicentenario projects seemed to be finished in time for the Bicentennial celebrations. But they did manage to complete the Madero pedestrianisation – map no.37. Just about. The finishing touches were put to it just hours before the big day.
I’m all for a little pedestrianisation here and there, especially in historical centres of cities. I’d like to see the entire Zocalo pedestrianised and a return of the tram system. There are plans for the latter, at least. Whether there’s the money or not to see those plans through is another matter.
Some might suggest there were financial constraints placed on the paving of Madero. I’d be inclined to agree. Firstly, the style and colour of the paving is cheap and just doesn’t have a ‘colonial’ feel to go with the buildings on either side.
Secondly, the drain covers were showing signs of wear and tear after just a day. I say wear and tear. I mean, they’re broken through. We noticed one on the way out of the Zocalo on Wednesday evening after the party. It had a wooden board over it yesterday, along with several others.
Still, it’s nice to have at least one pedestrianised road from the Zocalo to Bellas Artes. There were plenty of street artists there before, but now there’s more than ever. The clown below for one. It’ll definitely be a haven for families, tourists, couples, friends and groups of all sizes and types looking for something fun to see and do.