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These are images that I could never imagine to find in the Netherlands, let alone in Dutch restaurants.
Some 2,000 Christmas decorations have started to appear on city streets, and city workers have their work cut out for them.
Wednesday's Paseo de las Ánimas, which in recent years attracted tens of thousands of participants, requires several road closures hours before the procession begins.
Ideas abound to make the Centro safe and more livable.
Flooded streets, stranded cars, fallen trees and a prolonged blackout in the Centro resulted from torrential rain accompanied by hail Tuesday afternoon.
A new phase in the misery at the Progreso highway interchange.
The second stage of the current effort to restore facades in the Centro Histórico is a quarter-way done, said the city's director of urban development, Aref Karam Espósitos.
The city honored a historic friendship by renaming a stretch of road Avenida República de Corea in the Altabrisa neighborhood.
Two tech companies are donating 8.4 million pesos and a good chunk of their human capital toward a "Smart Mérida" pilot program.
It's not easy for the city to keep up with potholes, which appear even more frequently in rainy weather.
Laws mandating a 200-meter distance between liquor stores are being challenged by the local Chamber of Commerce.
City officials are threatening to remove protrusions built by homeowners encroaching onto already narrow sidewalks.
The city has plenty of dicey intersections, but three of them have been named the most dangerous of them all.
Although successful in neighboring states, the idea of turning some downtown Mérida streets into pedestrian malls is meeting stiff opposition.
Drivers won't zip past the new convention center the way they may have become accustomed.
New, modern traffic lights are coming to areas that need them most, said Gerardo Ojeda Sosa, head of Transit Engineering at the state's Public Security Secretariat (SSP).
Converting a street to a pedestrian mall is an idea worth considering, a safety advocate says.
Street paving was halted when city workers found what appear to be archaeological remains in the Centro.
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