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Old June 1st, 2008, 06:14 AM   #41
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Trust me you have to live there to realise that it doesn't look as good close up. Dirty, almost no shops or variety whatsoever, and often smelly in parts. The city centre was one of the worst areas for me, and I love Mexico.

One day it could be great there.
No shops or variety? Are you referring only to the historical center? Don't the trendy and upscale parts of the city have a lot of variety and shops? I would very much think so. I've seen great store fronts and such in pics of MC here on Skyscrapercity.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 06:56 AM   #42
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Old June 1st, 2008, 08:39 AM   #43
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Yeaah, the architecture is an european hybrid, but you know you're not in Europe because of the darkness of buildings, too dark, aren't they? very dark cities in every aspect vs the europen, but nice, a good travel to do!
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Great thread and great pics mate! I love my city!! Yeah as Zazo mentioned, buildings look darkened mostly because of pollution, but Mexico's City government has been trying to restore most of the buildings to its original state and that's great! when they finally finish Mexico's City Zocalo and its surrounding area will look brighter and cleaner.
The picture themselves look a bir dark because they were taken on a rainy day with no sun. An I manipulated the shadow in the pictures.

And lots of the buildings we saw here were made with volcanic stone. The same stones that were used on Aztec pyramids were re-used by the Spaniards to make their buildings.

Contrary to Paris which was made with white quarry. The kind of stone easily accesible in that area.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 09:11 AM   #44
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Let's continue our walking through the city...















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Old June 1st, 2008, 11:33 AM   #45
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Just a quick thought for those who mentioned dark buildings, you guys are comparing apples to oranges. The "dark" vocanic stones used on most of these facades are naturally that way. And yes in Europe buildings darkens too as time passes by. One example look at the Cologne Cathedral. Anyway I really like neo-classic architecture no matters what color it is.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 11:52 AM   #46
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Just a quick thought for those who mentioned dark buildings, you guys are comparing apples to oranges. The "dark" vocanic stones used on most of these facades are naturally that way. And yes in Europe buildings darkens too as time passes by. One example look at the Cologne Cathedral. Anyway I really like neo-classic architecture no matters what color it is.
Ok I wasn't complaining about it, actually I was just remarking that Mexico City's government is restoring and cleaning most of the historical buildings... Actually if u pay some attention to this picture u can see how the lower part is already cleansed... while the upper part of the building will hopefully be.
But u guys are right in some way, these buildings were mostly built from volcanic stones; the Metropolitan Cathedral is a clear example of how this volcanic stone (originally found in the Aztec Temples) was used to build up the Colonial buildings.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 02:29 PM   #47
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Nice pics,please keep going.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 08:40 PM   #48
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I loved it ! Old and new mixed

BTW I love the subway entrance
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 08:02 AM   #49
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Now, let's walk to the edge of the Historic Downtown and see some parts of Reforma Avenue...





















And finally let's get into the Zona Rosa...










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Old June 3rd, 2008, 03:24 PM   #50
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Excellent thread! I love Mexico City's historic downtown. Probably my favorite historic downtown in Latin America.

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Great architecture, looks quite European indeed. One thing I noticed is that being overweight is even more of a problem in Mexico than in the U.S. ?

Also, I want to visit the city someday but I can't tolerate hot temperatures. Does it get cold in the winter?
Uh, how should I say this without getting eaten by people from Mexico City? People from Mexico City (as well as the surrounding areas) tend to be really dark-skinned, short, and rather over weight. Or at least that's the feeling that you'd get from looking at the people from all over the city, rich and poor areas alike.

You'd notice the differences between people from central and southern Mexico and people from the western and northern states of Mexico immidietly.

But, yes, overweight is a problem in Mexico. Not as bad as it's in the US, though, but it's a problem nonetheless.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 03:33 PM   #51
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Great shots man. I love Mex DF!
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 05:12 PM   #52
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I have a question: are ther big spiders on the streets? i've heard about it many times
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 08:28 PM   #53
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WoW! Mexico city is very nice! Thank you for thar "phototour"
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 10:40 PM   #54
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I have a question: are ther big spiders on the streets? i've heard about it many times
What do you mean? the animals? with 8 legs?
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 10:42 PM   #55
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Yoryi, excellent pics... ya no hay mas? la calle de la tercera foto fue "remodelada" no? asi quedo? una barridita no le vendria mal
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 11:21 PM   #56
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Of course the animal with 8 legs, what else?
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Old June 4th, 2008, 12:02 AM   #57
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No shops or variety? Are you referring only to the historical center? Don't the trendy and upscale parts of the city have a lot of variety and shops? I would very much think so. I've seen great store fronts and such in pics of MC here on Skyscrapercity.
I lived there, and I was reffering to Mexico City centre. By the way when you've had shopping like that found in London, Manchester etc you are naturally extremely spoilt. I stand by my view. I will always miss it though.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 12:40 AM   #58
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I have a question: are ther big spiders on the streets? i've heard about it many times
I live in Mexico City and I haven't seen any "big spiders" in the streets in downtown, central or touristic areas. You can see some spiders in parks or green areas but not that much to have a concern about it.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 04:42 AM   #59
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I have a question: are ther big spiders on the streets? i've heard about it many times
Spiders, elephants and dianosaur all over the city...

No, there are not spiders in the streets. There are spiders (or tarantulas) in hot areas of southern Mexico but never within Mexico City.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 04:44 AM   #60
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Te refieres a la de la Zona Rosa? Bueno, están en construcción dos enormes condos en esa calle por eso se ve algo tiradita...
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