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Graffiti ‘artist’ forced to paint over his vandalism

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.

Public funds to help struggling corner stores

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.

Crafts sales soar, despite haggling foreign tourists

Things are looking up for crafts vendors in the Centro, says one seller who explains the difference between domestic and foreign tourists.

Pregnant cat rescued after 4 hours of drama

In the heart of Santiago, rescuers work four tension-filled hours to save a pregnant cat trapped between two cement walls.

The Centro Histórico cleanup, by the numbers

Wonder how much gum a crew of city workers can scrape up in a month downtown? Now you know.

For Historic Center, new lights and fresh paint

The city will replace 430 street lights in the Historic Center as the 21st annual facade-rescue program begins.

Last call for ‘Chemas’ as more trendy cantinas flourish

Another no-nonsense traditional corner cantina has closed while owners experiment with trendier concepts.

Centro road projects to pause for holiday shoppers

About 10 kilometers of Mérida's Centro Histórico roadways are being resurfaced with hydraulic concrete as part of a 11.6-million-peso project.

Mérida’s historic center properties rise in value

The value of historic properties located in the heart of Merida have climbed impressively in recent years because, according to land records from 1996 to 2016.

Centro maintenance program begins in earnest

A public-private program called "Lifelong Maintenance of the Historical Center" was officially kicked off yesterday at Parque Saint Lucia.

Traffic barriers protect diners from Centro car crash

A popular Centro restaurant is unscathed after a traffic barrier protected it from a collision outside.

Gelato shop owners open juice bar next door

When a space next door became available, Pola Gelato Shop took it and created Pola Juice Bar. An interview with one of the owners about how they found success in Calle 55.

Steel frames rise at new convention center site

From a business point of view, one "convencionista" equals more than three holiday-goers, which explains all the energy behind a new conference center.

Restoration begins at Mejorada’s arch

Restoration of the 325-year-old Arco de Dragones is the beginning of a trilogy of projects, with El Puente and San Juan arches also due for work.

Pay phones pushed aside in the Centro

To promote urban mobility and improve the aesthetics of Centro Histórico, the City of Mérida has ordered the Municipal Police to begin removing pay phones from public sidewalks.

Plan revived to ban Centro Histórico traffic

An old idea has resurfaced once again with Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal floating the concept of banning traffic in the heart of the Centro Histórico.

Petition blasts newsstands at historic sites

With yet another newsstand popping up in front of another historic building, someone has started a campaign against kiosks facing the Plaza Grande.

Fewer vendors crowding city sidewalks

The number of sidewalk vendors in the city center has fallen by 70 percent, and organized flea markets are said to be the reason.

INAH to target 50 ‘rescue’ projects

At least 50 historical buildings and facades in the historic center will be restored in 2016, the city council announced.

Interview: A fresh take on tropical furniture

Cuau Solis dangled a little chair over Calle 55's sidewalk and Mérida's creative scene hasn't been the same since.

Birds lead the way to Cúpula debut

Those mysterious stenciled birds have now revealed their purpose. They have been teasing the formation of the Centro Cultural la Cúpula, which debuts to the public on Thursday, Dec. 16.

After Castro visit, tourism with Havana?

Among the possible outcomes of Castro's visit to Mérida is a long-sought multi-destination tourist link between Havana and Yucatán.

Castro arrives tonight; expect closures

The Plaza Grande, presidential palace and many streets will be closed as Cuban President Raul Castro begins his visit to Merida today.

7 more Showcase showstoppers coming

The Showcase of Homes kicks off Mérida's high season once again as hundreds of people criss-cross the Centro to tour seven private abodes that represent the best in architecture and décor.