Tag Archives: Colonia Roma

Open Air Museum

4 Apr
amazing

amazing

Another reason why I love my hood.  Crumbling colonial mansions and gorgeous, edgy street art like I’ve never seen before.  Who needs NYC?  And did I mention the blue corn quesadillas with pumpkin flowers or papas con chorizo for only 10 pesos (about .70 cents)?  Mexico, you rock my world.

Spotted on my block

28 Mar
What can I say, I love my hood

What can I say, I love my hood

I have a new camera, so I can finally document all of the fabulous things that keep popping up in La Roma.  This crazy combination of stickers/posters/stencils/graffiti is on the corner of Cordoba and Colima, if you’re interested in checking it out yourself.

the urban wolf

the urban wolf

I heart la Roma

3 Mar
My Roma from my soul

My Roma from my soul

I live in the coolest neighborhood ever.  La colonia Roma, located in the center of the city just south of the zocalo, is full of crumbling colonial mansions, funky cafes, dive bars, and art galleries.  To me, it’s the lower east side (my favorite part of New York), but the gritty, dirty, lower east side from the 80’s, not the gentrified bougey place it is today.  Lately I’ve been fascinated by all the beautiful street art and graffiti I see around the neighborhood, and if my camera hadn’t been stolen I would start posting more pictures.

Vehiculo Abandonado

30 Jan

There’s a man on my street who lives in his car.  He’s a nice guy, always drunk but never rowdy, seems to stay out of trouble and makes a few pesos by helping people park their cars and guarding them for a few hours.  On my old street, a few blocks away, there’s another guy who lives in his car.  He even has three dogs tied up outside his “house.”  They would always try to attack me if I walked past them late at night.

These guys don’t seem to cause any harm, yet I have often wondered how they get away with it.  I mean, if everybody lived in their cars then there wouldn’t be any parking spaces, right?  Well this morning, somebody very official seemed to be trying to do something about the issue.  I saw him putting a giant sticker on the car that says: “Vehiculo Abandonado,” or “Abandoned Car.”  Yet the ironic thing is that the car is very obviously not abandoned.  The guy even puts flowers out!  How would you feel if somebody put a big sticker on your house saying it was abandoned?

Abandoned?

Abandoned?

Mexicans have a habit of putting stickers on storefronts and businesses informing them they’ve been shut down (Clausurado).  I’ve also seen giant posters hung on abandoned buildings that have been taken over by people desperate for a place to live.  This sticker seems to be more of the same, yet for some reason I doubt it will lead to any more action then the guy scraping it off and going about his day.  Putting up stickers rarely changes anything, especially in this country.