A FULL RENOVATION of the street surrounding our large, spectacular plaza downtown has been going on for quite a spell. It started last November on two streets radiating out from the plaza. Those streets are completed. New, wider sidewalks too.
Another radiating street is being done as we speak, plus two sides of the plaza itself have been the object of work for weeks now. One of the principal pluses of this work is a brand-new drainage system, which was sorely needed.
I’m downtown for a brief spell most afternoons for café Americano negro and ogling beautiful women who pass my sidewalk table. Finishing that, I walk over to see how the work is progressing. I find it highly interesting, and I’ve never seen this sort of manual labor done in the United States.
The work done above the Rio Bravo is faster, more efficient, less lovely and, I’m betting, lasts far fewer years. Our work here is slower, less efficient, more lovely, and will stand the proverbial test of time.
Another notable difference between how things are done here and how they’re done up north is that there are no barricades to keep pedestrians and onlookers at bay.
That’s great for Nosy Parkers like me.