12-16-2013, 04:12 AM
Joined: Nov 2013
Yesterday and Today
I did some more work with Google Streetview, in view of the comment on Fresnillo. Here are more “whatever happened to” comparisons, pairs of photos, 1981 vs today, thanks to Google Streetview. It was a challenge to work out the geographic coordinates of eight more places I visited 32 years ago just from the visual clues, but it was an addictive puzzle once started.
Santa Rosalia Ferry
The gravel, cactus, and pickups have been replaced by asphalt and sedans.
Cine Diana movie theater at Aquiles Serdan and Calle 19 closed and was replaced by a bank. Las Mil Tortas is still in business but has moved a block down the street.
Pantalones Norteno (“Primary And Secondary School Uniforms” and “The Finest Pants In The Region”) is still there next to the Mercado Municipal, but the Ferreteria Nueva hardware store that was next to it has been replaced by a second-hand shop.
The junction has a better sign and the highway has been upgraded.
The Mercado Pino Suarez public market seems much the same, including the juice bar on the corner, but the other shops have changed, and the Hotel Teresa in the background is gone.
At the corner of Juarez and Libertad, the planted saplings have grown into small trees. The corner still has a tourist shop and the street has been paved.
The area around the Mercado Hidalgo market has a different feel to it (why hide such a lovely building behind a tall hedge?) but the market hall - over 100 years old - is still the same.
A subdivision is visible near the Plaza de Toros Alejandra bull ring. It seems to be more remote in the old photo.
Thanks for viewing, and all the positive comments. It made the work worthwhile.
For a modern tropical ride, please see my other post: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=940988