Oaxaca mural

Oaxaca mural

Monday, May 13, 2019

More Construction

About a week ago I wrote about some of the construction projects along the Paseo de la Reforma.   I passed  by a couple more sites where major skyscrapers are going to go up.

An ambitious project is underway near the Monument to Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón).

Across the boulevard is large, empty parcel of land which will be the site of the Torre Colón.

The tower is supposed to be completed by 2021, although I find that optimistic given the fact that construction has barely begun.  When finished it will have 65 stories and will be the tallest building in Spanish America.  Plans call for it to eventually be surrounded by four other towers.

(artist's conception of the project; image taken from the web)

A short walk down the Reforma leads to another monument, the Monument to Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor.

Nearby is one of the elegant old mansions that once lined the entire boulevard.  It now houses the University Club, a private club.

Right behind the University Club construction has begun on another high-rise, University Tower.

The 57 floor tower will contain and a hotel and luxury condominiums.  It is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

(artist's conception of the project; image taken from the web)

I have to say that I worry that the building boom in Mexico City is a bubble that is going to burst.  Some economists say that Mexico is already entering a period of recession.  The President, López Obrador, dismisses such worries, but the statistics for the first quarter of 2019 were not good, and the Mexican stock market has been on a downward track in recent weeks.  If the recession is in the near future, I wonder how many of these projects are going to be completed.


  1. I think they have short memories and have forgotten the horrific earthquake of 1985..........Terrifying, to put it mildly.

    1. Actually I am not so worried about the new skyscrapers in an earthquake. They are using the technologies that began with the Latin America Tower, and that building had made it through three major quakes. Nor did any of the new skyscrapers suffer in the 2017 quake. (They say that you are probably safer in one of those buildings than anywhere else.)

      What worries me is that the building boom is a bubble that is going to burst. I fear that it is going to be like Spain in 2008.