Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The New York Times gets it wrong OR an estela is not an obelisco

Times are tough in Mexico, and the mood seems to preclude a festive celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial. The blog was particularly saddened by this recent report in the NYT: Major commemorative public works projects, including the bicentennial monument itself, the Estela de Luz, a 30-story quartz obelisk in the capital, will not be completed in time for the big day. What? No obelisk? But as the photo above reveals, the situation is not as dire as it seems. The planned monument is definitely NOT an obelisk, so the loss is not as great as the blog feared. Jon provided a hopeful note by drawing upon his knowledge of American history and reminding Susan that the big obelisk in Washington DC also experienced significant construction delays.

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