Jorge Rosado to discuss Mejorada neighborhood, past and present

Old Mejorada. Photo: Merida en Historia
Old Mejorada’s church and convent on Calle 59 and Calle 50. Photo: Mérida en Historia

Jorge Rosado will speak Wednesday about the history of La Mejorada, one of Mérida’s overlooked but most promising neighborhoods.

La Mejorada, anchored by a large 17th-century church, former convent and park, is growing as restaurants and bars begin to pop up in the area. The barrio also boasts cultural centers, museums, a music school and a university campus, all five or six blocks east and two blocks north from the main square.

Its growth is likely because of its proximity to Gran Parque La Plancha, a massive park project that has been years in the making, just a few blocks north of its park.

Rosado

After obtaining his law degree from UADY in 1968, the Mérida native spent two years as an attorney in Mexico City before returning to his home city.

The next 25 years were devoted to working in the tourism industry, amassing encyclopedic knowledge about the region’s history, culture and architecture.

In 1990, Rosado and his wife, author Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado, founded Tecnología Turística Total, which today still trains students in tourism and language. Now retired, Rosado still checks in at TTT nearly every day, and still travels and writes his blog, La Historia del Turismo en Yucatan.

The talk is 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Merida English Library and is part of an ongoing lecture series.

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