Mexico City is sinking

20
Jan
2008

Julio, Mauricio (Julio’s bf) and I spent the day exploring a small corner of Mexico City’s centro historico, one of the oldest parts of the city. It is filled with older buildings dating as far back as the 1500’s. This part of DF had been the city of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan, but Cortés and his buddies just bulldozed over and built their New Spain capital right on top of it. The effects of this building spree, and the fact that Mexico City is all built on top of a filled-in lake, makes for less than stable foundations. A ton of the buildings in the historic center are literally sinking, with many of them tilting this way or that. This seems to give the area a kind of tragic, romantic flair, and many of the buildings are incredibly beautiful to behold.

Comments

  1. closetalk says:

    hmmmm…. leanign towers et al? :)
    glad ure feelin better now!

  2. Beautiful architecture! Did we really need a picture of the toilet? ;)