On Monday Alejandro and I took a late afternoon stroll along a portion of the Paseo de la Reforma, the broad, tree-lined boulevard which is Mexico City's version of the "Champs Elysee".
We began our walk at the intersection with Avenida Insurgentes, the city's longest avenue. The traffic circle is marked with a monument to Cuautémoc, the last Aztec emperor.
I have been observing the construction of this new tower at the intersection for some time. It appears to be completed, and office space is now available for rent. With so much construction in the last few years, I fear that there will be a glut of office space, and that the building boom will burst like a bubble.
The complex known as Reforma 222 was completed in 2007. The towers contain offices and residential space.
It also contains a three story shopping mall.
Along the boulevard there is still an encampment of protesters denouncing the disappearance of 43 students in September of 2014.
The next major intersection is known as "La Palma" because of the tall palm tree which stands in the traffic circle.
Ugly barricades surround the U.S. Embassy. It's a sad commentary on our nation that these barricades need to be there.
We ended our walk at one of the city's most iconic monuments... the Independence Monument, which is commonly called "El Angel".