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Architectural Digest celebrates artist’s ‘vibrant dream house’ in Mérida

Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo and his colorful Centro home are featured in Architectural Digest, one of the most respected shelter magazines in the U.S. 

Academics criticize economic and social inequality in the Centro Histórico

Parks such as Santa Lucia's have been given over to tourists at the expense of locals.That's one conclusion discussed this week at a seminar exploring the impact of foreigners on Mexico's historic centers.

The effects of expats living in Mexico’s historic centers are analyzed

The migration of foreigners in historic centers in Mérida and other Latin American destinations is among the topics of an academic seminar that is open to the public.

Pasaje Picheta poised for a modern, artsy overhaul

The Pasaje Picheta will shed its homey murals in a renovation that goes beyond a cosmetic makeover.

Centro bar closed again, presumably for noise violations

The Directorate of Urban Development of the City of Mérida last week closed, for the third time, a boisterous Centro Histórico nightclub.

In a restored Centro mansion, Lagalá lures artists, fashionistas and foodies

Ana Carolina Levya Peralta has come along way in the six years since she started the trendy El Mercadito Bazar. This week, her new enterprise, Lagalá 56:426, is camera-ready, and ready for the public.

1600s relic barely noticed in alleyway between church, market

A priceless artifact, barely in public view, sits almost lost between overhangs and cables, embedded in the north wall of Santiago church.

Judge tosses noise complaints against neighborhood cantinas

The Fifth District Court suspended the amparo process requested by residents living near loud Centro cantinas, questioning if the complainants really lived near the nightclubs.

Modern Music Palace is a showcase for its historic neighbors in...

Allowing never-before-seen views of some of the Centro's most revered historic treasures, the Music Palace is unabashedly modern. 

City Hall to have separate office to monitor Mérida’s Centro Histórico

Meeting with the Board for the Preservation of the Historic Center, mayor-elect Renán Barrera reiterated his proposal to create a dedicated Centro Histórico management office.

UADY landmark latest renovation project in Mérida’s Centro

Scaffolding covers UADY's historic downtown building, which has become part of the current phase of facade "rescue."

In final days of city administration, noise regulations remain stalled

Noise regulations remain a list of promises to be kept before the current administration hands over the keys to the Municipal Palace to the incoming administration on Sept. 1.

Trees fall, power goes out in heavy rain

Wind gusts Monday afternoon, reaching 83 kph/52 mph, toppled at least 85 trees, a billboard and three telephone poles.

UADY’s Centro staff packs up, yielding for new cultural center

About 100 UADY staff this week began packing for new quarters, making way for the Autonomous University of Yucatan's Centro Cultural Universitario.

Profs stick up for pedestrians and preservation in the Centro

More space for walking, less for driving. That summarizes the philosophy of a retired UNAM professor in yet another seminar on how to sustain the Centro Histórico.

Centro’s air 5 times more polluted than the rest of Mérida

The Historic Center is Mérida's most polluted area, up to five times worse than other neighborhoods, said UNAM researcher María del Carmen Delgado Carranza.

Academics optimistic that Mérida’s Centro’s problems can be solved

Ideas abound to make the Centro safe and more livable.

Acoustics engineer envisions compromise in the Centro

Solving the noise problem in the Centro is not so easy, an acoustics expert says.

Fire quickly destroys city bus in the Centro

Passengers escaped a fire that destroyed an entire city bus in the Centro on Friday.

Special board recommended to handle Centro’s unique issues

An authority should be formed that's dedicated specifically to challenges in the Centro Histórico, said the Patronato para la Preservación del Centro Histórico.

Reluctant or missing property owners stall Centro renovations

More than 70 owners of historic buildings are still in the midst of the current phase of the city's façade rescue project, as others have refused or can not be included due to legal issues.

Police report decline in Centro graffiti

Commander Mario Arturo Romero Escalante credited intense police vigilance as he reported a drop in graffiti in the Centro Histórico.

For restoring a historic home, Mérida plans to offer tax-free status

Restored homes in the historic district would be exempt from property taxes under a proposed stimulus plan. Yes, there's a catch.

Noise protest in Centro draws ugly backlash

Residents in the Centro Histórico denounced weekend vandalism aimed at the ongoing anti-noise protest.