The government will improve the image and services offered by the historic building adjacent to the Plaza Grande…
MERIDA – The “Pasaje Picheta”, located next to the Yucatan Palace of Government, will undergo work to improve its image and its facilities, so that it attracts a greater number of visitors and potential customers, informed Dafne Lopez Martinez, head of the patronage Cultur, dependency in charge of that tourist locale.
The “Pasaje Picheta” does not currently have the flow of people warranted by a place that is in the best zone of Merida, so the aim of the project is to change its aspect to attract more visitors.
“The restoration would last about six months, but merchants will be allowed to return in one or two months while the work continues in other areas,” said Lopez Martinez, who also encouraged those who had a complaint with the work or disagreement with the project to talk with him.
“As director (of Cultur) I worry that someone is not being completely honest because there has been total openness, transparency, so that (the tenants) can express any concern and I support them,” he insisted.
López Martínez acknowledged that the works have been delayed for around three weeks, which he attributed to the fact that INAH had not granted them permission.
Gabriel Vicente Gahona “Picheta” was a caricaturist, painter, draftsman and Merida inhabitant born in 1828. The passage that bears his name, on the ground floor of the Government Palace, was the seat of the Town Hall, cinema and even public prison. “Picheta” was an essentially self-taught artist with recognized talent and innovation capacity. With a keen sense of political and social criticism, his work became popular.
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