The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic devastation and loss of life around the world, and we are now coming to the conclusion that the disease will rob us of one more thing some of us very much looked forward to seeing: The historical verdict on an AMLO government. All our lives (or at least, in our case, since the López Portillo administration), we have parroted the same truisms about Mexican society: that all politicians are corrupt, the unions are corrupt, Pemex is corrupt, the police are corrupt, and generally that él que no transa no avanza — he who doesn’t engage in corruption doesn’t get ahead. Continue reading COVID blows AMLO legacy for lovers and haters alike
March 26, 2020, day whatever of the COVID-19 global crisis, and we’re here to report that Mexico City is still hopping. We’re not going to say that things are normal — they’re not — but we took a bike ride up Av. Alvaro Obregon in central Colonia Roma at lunch time today and the stores and restaurants were open with customers. There’s no question that foot traffic is way down (vehicle traffic was fairly heavy), but there were people out there ordering their glasses of wine or beer while perusing menus at outdoor cafes. The media are telling us that this is not the case in most of Europe right now, so maybe it’s no wonder that the occasional tourist couple can still be seen stubbornly sticking out the remainder of their Mexico City vacation. Continue reading Mexico City COVID-19 update March 26
It’s Friday afternoon here in Mexico City’s popular Condesa nieghborhood and the joints are rockin’. Goin’ round and round, one might even say. Good Time Charlies and Janes are getting after it early for the Benito Juarez holiday weekend, and the beer, wine and mezcal are flowing unto them as a mighty river. Naturally, we are led to recall that time when Jesus totally harshed the disciples’ mellow by announcing that there would be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in divers places (Matthew 24:7), adding that all these would be the beginning of sorrows (24:8). In Mexico, famine is a fairly ongoing affair for large swaths of the population and we had the earthquake two years ago, so one could be forgiven for thinking that maybe it’s finally time for the pestilence, considering the current state of world affairs. Continue reading Mexico City: What, me worry?