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A winter wonderland in Mexico City

November 30, 2007 |  1:38 pm

If you like to ice skate but don't much like freezing temperatures, Mexico City may be the Christmas holiday destination for you. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, in another of his measures to encourage the natives to walk about and enjoy their city, has installed an ice rink in the city's central square, the Zocalo. (Previously, Ebrard opened up the capital's main street, Avenida Reforma, to bicyclists.) The rink opens this Saturday.

Not everyone is pleased with the cost, about $1.5 million for installation and to keep the rink up and running until January. Some 66% of respondents in an El Universal poll thought the money would be better used on other things. Few people in this city ice skate, and one expects to see many pratfalls under the sunny, 70-degree skies of a typical Mexico City winter day.

Posted by Héctor Tobar in Mexico City