Now in 2005 in almost the same spot, with two lane traffic running along either side of the landmark. This photo must have been taken at sunrise, because it would be rare to not see cars lining this avenue now. Either that or protestors were blocking traffic, yeah, that's it !
I find these two photos of the Calzada Juarez intriguing. As debate roils these days regarding controlling the growth of our fine city, and preserving the "pulmones" (lungs) of the area (aka forests).
The contrast between this 1898 photo above and the more recent photo below show much more vegetation now. Sometimes people's embellished recollections of times gone by are not all what they are cracked up to be. In all fairness, the area in the old photo remained a flood plain for the Rio Chiquito well into the 20th century. The lake that shows up in the old photo is probably the duck pond in the present day zoo. If you expand the photos and look closely through the tree branches, you will be able to make out the shadows of the Cathedral Spires....the one constant in a world of change.
(above) Palacio del Gobierno, year 19??, take a guess....how fast do Imperial Palm trees grow? They appear a lot taller in 1950.
(above) El Palacio as it stands today, ....refreshingly clear of protestors...and sadly, clear of palms.
(Above) Los Portales in Morelia...year? 195??
(above) and as they look today....