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New Calle 47 foodie corridor in Mérida wins approval

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The planned “foodie corridor” on Calle 47 has now received an official budget, but details are still murky at best. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The idea of creating a bona fide restaurant row on Calle 47 has long been floated by several of Mérida’s city administrations.

But it would seem the project is one step closer to becoming a reality, with a budget of 350 million pesos to boot. 

“We are very excited about this project and will be announcing the details soon,” said Mayor Renán Barrera Concha. 

The corridor is planned to extend from La Plancha to El Remate just across from Santa Ana park. 

But just what is a foodie corridor?

Plans for Calle 47 have been described by city hall to be “mixed-use,” which means traffic on 47 will not be closed but is likely to be limited to a single lane.

This is also likely to mean that parking on Calle 47 will no longer be allowed. For the handful of families without driveways, living here could get complicated. 

“We are working closely with residents and business owners in the area because we want this project to work for everyone,” said the project coordinator, José Luis Martínez Semerena.

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While a handful of meetings invited interested parties have taken place, details about the project and the changes involved were superficial at best. 

On Feb. 8, Yucatán Magazine attended one of these meetings directed at the Centro’s international community hosted at Punto MID on Calle 47.

The meeting was run by a local consulting firm and the questions posed could very much be described as “leading.” 

For example, the tone of the questions included softballs to the tune of, “How many of you would approve of a great new gastronomic corridor with innovative restaurants that would be of benefit to everyone in the community.”

Disclaimer: The author of this article owns property on Calle 47 and has himself had several issues with excessive noise and other issues caused by a lack of proper zoning.

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