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reports from Mexico City

THIS MONTH, MEXICO will commemorate the bicentennial of its independence and the centennial of its revolution with a massive, pull-out-all-the-stops celebration. The extravagant festivities have been preceded by a year of projects and events, ranging from historical exhibitions to television shows to a bicentennial flame traveling around the country à la the Olympic torch. In Mexico City, the Bicentennial Tower will be officially unveiled on the evening of September 15 at the main entrance of Chapultepec Park along the historic avenue Paseo de la Reforma. But the accompanying urban plan designed around this structure—which would have connected neighborhoods via pedestrian walkways and helped alleviate the heavy traffic flow—was indefinitely deferred when funding dried up. The city is left with a mostly symbolic monument, while the functional part of the scheme has evaporated.

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