A neighborhood view

I circle the neighborhood plaza afoot for 20 minutes every weekday morning except when I’m feeling lazy. It’s half of my two-pronged effort to keep as fit as one can at my advancing age. The second prong is a gym set I have at home, which I actually use, which is more than most people can say honestly.

This photo was taken opposite the plaza, which is to say across one of the four surrounding streets. Normally, I walk directly on the plaza, but on this morning, I was going down the sidewalk outside the surrounding businesses.* I noticed this view, so I paused and took a shot with my phone camera, which I rarely use.

It turned out pretty good.

That’s an agrarian scene on a mural down there. Someone painted it some years ago, and someone else defaced it a bit with watery white paint. Graffiti is rare in our woebegone barrio. The Hacienda is on a main drag, and we’ve been lightly defaced just once in 18 years.

I quickly painted over it, which is what they say you should do.

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*”Businesses” is using the term lightly. One might say hilariously.

5 thoughts on “A neighborhood view

  1. ” Graffiti is rare in our woebegone barrio.

    I suspect there isn’t much budget there for the paint required. At least that was my first guess as to why.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Roma Sur, CDMX
    Where skepticism often gets the best of me.

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    1. Kim: Nah, that’s not it. We’re not so poor we cannot afford a can of spray paint. It just ain’t happening. Some Mexicans believe it’s a bad habit learned from the Gringos.

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      1. Well, that would be an ignorant take. Graffiti is as old as mankind. There are ancient initials carved into ancient ruins all around the Mediterranean.

        Still, I’m learning a thing or two about average salaries here in CDMX, and all I can say is that you’d really have to want to make graffiti in order to spring the 60-100 pesos for a can of spray paint. Can they afford it? Possibly. Do they want to? Almost certainly not.

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