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Facade rescue program in 20th year

By the end of the present administration, the city of Mérida will have accomplished 144 facade rescues in the historic center.

Trova cultural center will be all new

The state legislative building has been an odd duck among historic gems. In its place, the Plaza de la Trova cultural center will fit in with its neighbors.

Juan Pablo Bavio’s soulful airport exhibit

Argentine painter Juan Pablo Bavio presents a 12-piece exhibit, "Wrinkles of the Soul," which will be exhibited for a month at the Mérida airport.

Mayor tours mall built for street vendors

Officials has been trying to peacefully lure the Mérida historic district's street vendors indoors. Here is a look at the marketplace under construction.

Inside Fundación de Artistas’ dream world

A creative group saw potential in an old casona in Santa Lucia and ran with it. We spoke to Indira Londoño, director of the fledgling gallery that emerged.

Chamber raffle for Centro shoppers

Shop in the Centro Histórico, win a car. That's the tantalizing possibility with a Chamber of Commerce raffle.

Daycare center offered to street vendors

The relocation of street vendors in the historic center involves the opening of a casona-style house for 70 vendors — and daycare for 65 kids.

#citylikeMID: Mérida from all angles

Smartphones in hand, several creative people collaborate on a single online art project that depicts Mérida as broodingly beautiful and vaguely unsettling.

A building speaks, Arturo Campos listens

Yucatecan architect Arturo Campos found inspiration in Spain before returning to Mérida, PhD. in hand, to establish his reputation and collect many awards. We talked to him and found out he uses his ears as well as his eyes to evaluate designs.

Armando Manzanero backs trova center

With the blessing of famed Yucatecan composer Armando Manzanero, the state legislative building will be converted into a cultural center honoring the trova.

Facade rescue reaches 800 homes

More than 20 years after its launch, the city's facade rescue program, Rescate de Fachadas, is about to finish its 800th renovation.

Businesses ask to ban cars on Calle 60 nightly

Calle 60, from the Government Palace to the Santa Ana Park, should ban vehicular traffic every day at 8 p.m. That's the latest proposal from a restaurant trade group, Canirac, that has been working with state tourism officials.

Sidewalks cleared of vendor stalls

After weeks of tensions between authorities and vendors, the street hawkers' illegal stalls have been cleared in a midnight raid.

Noche Blanca explodes in Mérida

From gourmet food trucks in Parque San Juan to Lila Downs at Plaza Grande, tomorrow is packed with free activities under the heading of "La Noche Blanca."

Your vacation home: Use it or lose it

The upside to letting strangers live in your house: Although they might break things, they also keep the house in motion, and watched after. Remixto's Stanley Kahng explains why it's bad for your house to keep it shuttered if you're there only part time.

Making your rental home irresistible

The difference between an occasionally booked home and one that is booked solid is a cohesive theme and solid amenities. Here is some expert guidance from Remixto's Stanley Kahng.

Weighing the benefits of owning a vacation rental

There are two types of people who envision homeownership in Mexico: the dreamers and the doers. For the doers, here is some advice to run with.

Building a ‘Showcase’ showstopper

One of the Centro's most striking new casas is part of 2014's Showcase of Homes. We chatted with the architect who blended hacienda and high-church style.

Meet Silvia Sanchéz, Centro muse

We met Sylvia Sanchéz at a cocktail party and were immediately taken with her. Eventually, we asked her a few questions.

Inviting tourists with disabilities to explore the Centro

A state program designed for disabled tourists interested in Mérida's historic center begins in December.

Mid-century modern blends with colonial Mérida

Robert Holtby and Emile Romain let their strong preference for clean, crisp design follow them from Vancouver to Mérida.

La Plancha, Casa de la Trova advance

Two major transformations in Merida's center have become closer to reality, bringing new purpose to an old railroad yard and a soon-to-be-abandoned legislative building.

Hotels lobby for hotel-zone convention center

The push continues for a new Merida convention center, one that downtown hotel guests can walk to.

Lawmakers propose crackdown on vacant Centro properties

Reacting to the proliferation of vacant lots and abandoned, deteriorating properties in the Centro, members of Yucatan state legislature are preparing to toughen laws that allow the government to seize land.