No, it’s not an Olympic year. Nor are the Olympics coming to Mexico again any time soon. But that didn’t stop the city government. Last weekend saw a huge length of Reforma closed off for an Olympics festival. Boxing, rugby, gymnastics, wrestling and so much more. Swimming, too. Yep, they actually built a temporary pool.
All this in aid of the Bicentenario celebrations. Which have been pretty controversial. Well, the cost of it all has been pretty controversial. How much got spent, who spent it, and who received it. And what was delivered in exchange. All these and more have big questions marks over them. Mostly big corruption sized question marks.
I generally support these sort of public events. Mexico City puts on plenty of them, and they’re generally fun and well attended. And I’d have liked to have spent longer walking around getting photos. But was this really the best way to celebrate the Bicentenario? It must have cost a fortune!
I’m giving this one the thumbs down. Not because it wasn’t fun to watch. But because it was just frivolous. A little pointless. A real waste of money. There are always better things to spend public money on, no matter how good the event. But you do need to balance out urgent needs and valuable social entertainment projects. This particular project had too little value for my sensibilities.