Carlos Slim Foundation publishes the book Centro Histórico. 10 años de revitalización (Historic Center. Ten Years of Revival)
Mexico City, October 6th, 2011
Centro Histórico. 10 años de revitalización is an in-depth reference book about the results of the Historic Center Revival Plan. It describes the background steps, the installment of the consulting board and the main goals of this big work: social and economic wellbeing, security and public services, revival and restoration, and water-supply problems and proposals.
The book’s first chapter encloses thoughts and remarks about the great transformation of the “Mexican public life epicenter” during the last ten years by Mr. President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s City Major, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, historian Guillermo Tovar y de Teresa, Mr. Jacobo Zabludowsky and Mr. Carlos Slim Helú.
It also includes speeches by Don José N. Iturriaga, Carlos Monsiváis, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, former City Major, and Vicente Fox Quesada, former President of Mexico, on occasion of the Consulting Board installment.
It was in that way that “works for bringing Historic Center to a new life began by encouraging a number of activities: public and private investment, cultural programs, added jobs, improving educational and health-care programs, streets’ reconditioning and reorganization, and non-polluting public transport.
These and many other activities have given the Historic Center both new life and face in a secure setting and quality public services. “Streets, urban equipment and infrastructure have been rebuilt, so attracting many people for working, studying, and entertaining. Actions by federal and local governments, educational institutions like UNAM and Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, ecclesiastical authorities, Banco de México, businessmen, investors, neighbors and small business, and society in general did contribute to this big transformation”.
The book includes common-people real-life stories (shoeshine and newspaper people, shopkeepers, etc.), those who experiences life in the Historic Center as “their national heritage par excellence”, according to Carlos Monsiváis, plus opinion leaders, journalists, artists, political and ecclesiastical authorities, historians, architects, tourists, flaneurs, and others.
The book is on sale in Sanborn’s and newspaper stands.