Since 1995, the city has performed restoration work on 1,000 of the 3,900 historic properties in the Centro.
As more quiet, residential streets become mixed with late-night clubs, city officials are meeting with Centro residents about quality-of-life issues.
The trendy nightclub La Fundación Mezcalería was closed just after midnight, and a sign with red letters spelling out SUSPENDIDA was pasted by its front door.
One small tweak in the way the city’s façade-rescue program works has made a big difference, even if it did cost the city 10 million pesos.
For painting graffiti on five Centro Histórico facades, a suspect detained by Mérida police was sent back to the scene of the crime 36 hours after his arrest.
To address the stiff competition from modern supermarket chains and convenience chains, struggling mom-and-pop corner grocery stores are receiving funding of up to 50,000 pesos.
Things are looking up for crafts vendors in the Centro, says one seller who explains the difference between domestic and foreign tourists.
In the heart of Santiago, rescuers work four tension-filled hours to save a pregnant cat trapped between two cement walls.
Wonder how much gum a crew of city workers can scrape up in a month downtown? Now you know.
The city will replace 430 street lights in the Historic Center as the 21st annual facade-rescue program begins.