Saturday, October 18, 2008

Highway to Hell

If there's not a law that says every Mexican town must have a certain number of patriotic street names, it's only because it would be unnecessary. Almost without exception, every city and town has a Juarez, Madero, Guerrero, Zaragoza, Allende, Hidalgo and Morelos St, a handful of streets named after patriotic holidays (16 de Septiembre, 20 de Noviembre, 5 de Mayo, etc), with the rest named after local patriots and other notable Mexican heroes. If you've contributed something positive to Mexico - generally involving the kicking of ass and the taking of names - you can be assured of having an avenue named in your honor.

The catch, of course, is that you generally have to be dead. And while we're planning to survive for several exhausting decades more, we thought we'd pass along this recent discovery from our roving Shelter Island correspondents, Amy and Jim, with a side note to the Querétaro city fathers that there are too many things named "Corregidora" in town, and so maybe the main thoroughfare could be due for a name change one of these days? If nothing else, it would be an excuse for fireworks...

2 comments:

'Eddie Willers' said...

Then there's Colonia Democracia Social hre in Tampico with such streets as:

Education Street
Liberal Thinking Avenue
Social Justice Street
Democracy Street
Liberation Theology Blvd.

Burro Hall said...

See you on Stickin' It To The Man Highway!