Friday, September 19, 2008

That's Great, It Starts With An Earthquake

Today is the 23rd Anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City Earthquake, which, aside from killing untold thousands of people and proving God is either malevolent or indifferent, more or less gave birth to Querétaro as we know it today. Sure, the place had been around for 450 years at that point, but in 1985 the population there was about 50,000. Since the quake, the city has grown an astonishing 18-fold in just over 20 years and, believe us, they're not moving there for the bars and restaurants. Querétaro is about 3 hours from Mexico City and for the most part geologically stable. We, yr. humble corresps., are as guilty as anyone of complaining about this place, but when we try to think of any other city in the world that has grown so fast and (bars and restaurant options notwithstanding) remained so incredibly livable, we come up blank.

There'll be a remembrance this evening at 5:00 in the Plaza de Armas, though they probably won't credit the quake with the rebirth of the city. You'll probably all be out at the Scorpions show, anyway.

Pretty good show about the quake below. (It's a six-parter. Other segments are here.)


Jorge Arturo said...

Some corrections:

Queretaro is 477 years old, it was founded by the Spaniards in 1531, but it is older than that as an indigenous city.

In 1980 the population was 330,000 people

In 1985 the estimate population was 345,000 people

Burro Hall said...

Hmmm. I have no reason to doubt you - I'm only going by the exact statistics that were printed in a.m. a couple of months ago. So of course they'd be off by a factor of about 700%.

Jorge Arturo said...

Wow you get that from A.M. you know they "hire" students for the news.

I checked in the INEGI (Mexican Census)

In 1917 Queretaro had 30,000 people living in the city. (after the mexican revolution)