Hidalgo: Pachuca, Real del Monte

In the past week, we moved back to Real del Monte in the State of Hidalgo, north of México City, to probe the region’s geographical diversity and its relationship to the city’s cleanup, and a general exploration of food/water/waste techniques and local treatments of architecture. This included a look at Pachuca, Real del Monte, El Chico National Park, Actopan, Tula, and Valle de Mezquital’s Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales at Atotonilco. Speaking lots with locals exposed cultural tendencies and tensions surrounding the built environment.

I will share photos/captions of Pachuca and Real del Monte now, and catch up on writing in a week when I leave México. Alberto is going to write a post about Tula+Valle de Mezquital, extending on our conversations and sightings there. We left Hidalgo yesterday and stopped in Puebla. Today, we’re on to Oaxaca City, and then close to México City’s airport for an easy escape.

Before we left México City, we were fortunate to meet with Matthew Vitz, author of “A City on a Lake” (mentioned in an earlier post). He shared his process behind the book, which involved around a decade of research in and out of México City and an uncovering of the under-spoken narratives of its history, and gave some pointers on how and where to find good city archives.

I wish I can write more now, but will catch up thoroughly later with the time to arrange good logs. Until then, ciao—

Exiting México City: highway cutting a pipeline. Photo: A+A
Exiting México City: planned communities. Photo: A+A
Exiting México City: planned communities. Photo: A+A
Approaching Pachuca: donut-shaped surveillance center. Photo: A+A
Pachuca: soccer hall of fame shaped as a soccer ball. Photo: A+A
Pachuca: “flooral” instead of “mural”. Photo: A+A
Pachuca: fresh meat in the backroom of taqueria (note: bone, blood). Photo: A+A
Pachuca: shower in the back of the taqueria. Photo: A+A
Real del Monte: abandoned washing basins. Photo: A+A
Real del Monte: exposed piping lines and piping-as-handrail. Photo: A+A
Real del Monte: used-to-be-a-river. Photo: A+A
Real del Monte: “aquaduct” waterline on pilars. Photo: A+A
Real del Monte: solar water heating unit. Photo: A+A
Real del Monte: abandoned municipal slaughter house. Photo: A+A

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