Despite not having been officially inaugurated, the Capital Walk of Saltillo It is already the subject of controversy due to the presence of graffiti on its planters. This ambitious redevelopment project in the heart of the city has generated a number of mixed opinions among residents and local merchants, who express their concerns and expectations.
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Graffiti: Urban Art or Visual Problem?
Those who pass through the streets that make up the Paseo Capital, such as Ocampo, Abbott and a part of Juárez, They have noticed that the metal planters, which house the trees transplanted from Ocampo Street, are already adorned with some graffiti made with markers. While graffiti, defined as any signature, text, or pictorial composition in places unauthorized public, has found its place in urban culture, this has generated a division of opinion.
Some users on social networks argue that, despite everything, these graffiti add a touch of color and personality to simple planters, which also serve as benches for pedestrians who wish to rest. However, for others, this form of unauthorized artistic expression is a visual problem that affects the aesthetics of Paseo Capital.
Opinions in Contrast
The remodeling of the Capital Walk has been the subject of debate since its early stages, and public opinion appears to remain divided. A survey in Facebook conducted by this medium last August revealed that many residents of Saltillo have reservations about the project. Some argue that the arrangement of certain materials is not to their liking, point out the lack of shade and, in some cases, believe that the area looked better before the remodel. There is also a group that would have preferred that the resources be allocated to improving other streets.
Merchants speak out
To get a more detailed perspective, we interviewed tradesmen who work in the area and have witnessed the progress of the works. Sergio Castillo Laracultural promoter and co-owner of the Taberna El Cerdo de Babel, expressed concern about the differences between the announced renderings and reality, especially in relation to street furniture and green areas. Furthermore, he noted that the planted trees could have limited growth and their survival could be at risk.
Castillo also expressed his interest in seeing the last details, such as the possible final polishing of the stone, the troughs of Aguas de Saltillo and the sculptures promised by the project.
The Municipality’s Promise
In response to criticisms and questions, The Municipality of Saltillo assured that the work will be delivered in optimal conditions for the enjoyment of citizens. It was announced that the work would be completed this September, with the addition of final details, sculptures, spaces for trash and umbrellas for the restaurants that will operate in the area.
He Saltillo Capital Walk remains a topic of interest and debate in the community, with the hope that once completed, it will meet the expectations of residents and merchants, despite divergent opinions and current concerns.
(With information from Alonso Flores)