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New Airport Will Include Cultural Corridor

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 17:50

The Mexico City Felipe Ángeles International Airport currently under construction in Santa Lucia, will not only be next to a military base and a mixed-use residential complex: it will nestle a cultural center that will include many attractions of its own. Mayor Miguel Guerrero, the military construction engineer in charge of these matters, described some of these attractions in a Milenio article. Attractions will include a historical and cultural museum to be housed inside train wagons that are over a century old and have been maintained and restored by the military. Guerrero says people can visit other attractions within the “cultural corridor” to be located between the new airport and the military base which will include an aviation museum, a “mammoth museum” which will house all the significant archeological findings taking place during the construction, in addition to an educational center, a mall and a hospital.     

Ready for more? Here’s the Week in Infrastructure!

87 Percent of Mexico City-Toluca Interurban Train Completed: SCT

During a visit, SCT Infrastructure Deputy Minister Cedric Iván Escalante Sauri said the Mexico City-Toluca Interurban Train is 87 percent complete. He reported that the train will take 39 minutes to traverse its full length and will be fully powered by electricity. President López Obrador, Mexico State Governor Alfredo Del Mazo and SCT leader Jorge Arganis Díaz Leal also toured the train’s construction. Díaz Leal celebrated the project and considered it as part of a much more ambitious agenda for rail development that includes the Mexico City-Queretaro Interurban Train and the Monterrey-Airport train, among others. 

Yaqui Communities to Receive Infrastructure Investment: SEDATU

SEDATU leader Román Meyer Falcon declared this week that the Urban Improvement Program for the Yaqui communities, an ethnic group that has historically been neglected, will include 39 projects with a total investment of US$14 million, including 1,700 housing projects. He mentioned this investment is part of the Justice Plan for the Yaqui Communities. During the second session of the Presidential Commission of Justice, Meyer presented the First Plan that seeks to create working groups that will generate agreements and deliver justice to these communities. The national commitment to assist communities with their infrastructure, housing and agriculture projects was also mentioned.  

Decree on Flooding Prevention to Be Signed: AMLO

President López Obrador announced that he will sign a decree on the management of hydroelectric plants to protect people living next to the Grijalva river, so that dams in the region become empty during the rainy season that runs from August to November. An extended flooding in Tabasco has been affecting scores of people for weeks, as a result of record rainfall and poor management of a CFE dam. “Nature has its own laws. It is still raining a lot,” said the president.  López Obrador also warned that roads will be destroyed in Veracruz, Chiapas and Tabasco and that the recovery plan will include immediate support in the form of food and clothing donations for those affected. House appliances will also be provided once water levels come down.

Best Buy to Leave Mexico

El Financiero reported this Wednesday that major American electronics retailer Best Buy has announced it will close its 41 branches in Mexico. Best Buy Mexico President Fernando Silva declared that the closing of stores will take place on the last day of 2020, but all purchase orders made until then will be honored. Silva says that the effects of COVID-19 on the retail sector is what forced the store to close down in Mexico. PROFECO will be working with Best Buy to make sure that all agreements with customers are being followed and respected to avoid legal matters and formal complaints.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, Milenio, SCT, El Financiero