It’s not nice when you see something charming decaying. But sometimes the decay itself has a certain charm. The urge to renovate must be resisted, the tins of terracotta and blue left in Homebase. Peeling paint and weather beaten wood are so photogenic, and add atmosphere and a sense of timeless glory to the neighbourhood.
It does depend on the neighbourhood of course. Coyoacan walls and fronts get a regular lick of paint. True 21st century Bohemia. But Centro Tlalpan should be left as it is, except, perhaps, where the graffiti artists have plastered their painted vandalism. The photo below would simply not have been worth taking is someone had taken it upon themselves to put some varnish and the contents of Comex across it.