So we all know that Mexico City is sinking. Tony Burton of Geo Mexico reports that it’s getting particularly bad in Iztapalapa, where 10,000 homes are now at risk. In all, Mexico City has sunk 7 meters since 1891. More on that here.
I’ve been thinking about The Big Enchilada lately because I’m reading The Interior Circuit, Franscisco Goldman’s memoir of learning to drive in Mexico City. So far I am finding it excellent, and I’ll write a full review later, but for now I want to share Goldman’s hilarious musings on the city’s byzantine streets. I’m always trying to explain to people how mind-numbingly giant the city is, and this drives it home:
“..I took the time to count 259 streets named Morelos in the Guia Roji index; Calle Morelos’s columns are followed by several more of Morelos variations: the numerous Morelos that are avenidas, cerradas (dead-end streets), calzadas (inner-city highways), privadas, and so on. Let’s not count all the streets named for Benito Juárez, far more numerous than even Morelos. As for Calle Abasolo, two separate colonias [neighborhoods], both named San Miguel, have steets named Abasolo…There are numbered streets too. Over a hundred Calle 1 s, nearly as many Calle 2 s. The city has some 6,600 colonias, and fourteen of them are named La Palma and five are named Las Palmas. And so on. Buenas noches, señor, please take me to Calle Benito Juárez in Colonia La Palma…now the fun begins.”