Monday, March 05, 2012

Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Just to continue on yesterday's rant... we heard from a friend who, being Mexican, was perfectly content to stand in line for an hour to get into the Expo.  Predictably, the throngs of people waiting outside were dwarfed by the throngs of people packed inside.  The Expo, remember, is really just a few dozen 15-foot-wide cubicles with folding tables, manned by a handful of people in cartoonish native clothing. Unable to fight her way through the densely packed crowd to reach any of the actual pavilions, she was eventually jostled towards the exit, where she escaped into the fresh air, went home, and made herself a nice Mexican lunch.

Predictably, the papers today are full of city tourism officials praising the Expo as a resounding success.  Why?  Because 67,000 people showed up!  That is indeed impressive - it's at least eight times as many people who make up the "foreign community" here.  But when 67,000 people show up at a venue capable of holding (just a guess) 15,000, that's not a "success," that's an unmitigated clusterfuck of poor planning, and let's not even get into what a fire hazard we're talking about.  Officials are hopeful that they can get 100,000 visitors next year, which means it will be almost twice as successful as this year's was!

Then they appointed next year's planning committee:


David said...


I'm also part of the foreign community in Queretaro. I tend to enjoy reading your critical blog, that normally manages too balance perfectly on the thin line between being observative and offensive.

I also went to the Foreign Community Fair this weekend and had a slightly different experience than you had.

I knew asking Mexican friends where to find Parque Bicentenario was a better guess than following the Bing indications. I guessed that going on Saturday instead of Sunday would assure that there would be a much smaller crowd and thus a much more enjoyable experience. I waited for 15' to get my tickets and did not get trampled inside. I tasted Indian curry, Chilean pisco, Belgian Duvel, Argentinian tamales en choripan and Colombian tamales without having to queue for a long time. Saw some local dancing from several Latin American countries and had a great afternoon together with my friends.

As for your calculus, 67000 people over 3 days gives you an average of 22333 per day. Given that not everybody spends the complete day there, that means they probably never got close to the 'presumed' peak capacity of 15000 people.

Keep up the good work, just try not to lose your balance on that thin line!

Burro Hall said...

So there was a Members' Entrance! I knew it...