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.


*”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.


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


    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.


      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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