Photo Walk Nº35 – Condesa: Dogs, parks and Art-Déco

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Our Photo Walk to Condesa centred on the leafy parks, the dog trainers, and the Art-Déco architecture around Parque México, Parque España and Calle Amsterdam.

Condesa became a residential neighborhood in the early1900s, becoming the upscale area of Mexico City whose residents included Jewish and Spanish exiles. Many of the houses were built in the Art-Déco style between 1920 and 1940. Later on, the area slowly became somewhat dilapidated as people moved out in the 1970s to Polanco, a newer neighborhood. This abandonment was hastened when the 1985 earthquake had a devastating impact on nearby Colonia Roma. Prices dropped and a new group of people began to settle in Condesa: young businessmen, artists, musicians and the like. Restaurants, cafés and art galleries sprung up and soon this was the “cool” place to live in the city.

One of the most well-known streets is Calle Amsterdam, a former racetrack, which accounts for its elliptical shape. It’s easy to lose sense of where you are when the street goes round in circles. In the centre is Parque México, famous for its shady trees, dogs and the Foro Lindbergh, an open-air theatre with its Art-Déco style pergolas. 

We began our walk at the Foro Lindbergh and explored both sides of Parque México which is currently being renovated. New gym areas and a fun dog park have been created which are proving popular with the residents. Then we made our way around Calle Amsterdam, and up to Parque España, the second of Condesa’s biggest parks. We spent time taking photos capturing the essence of this more laid-back “bohemian” neighborhood with its pavement cafés and art galleries.

Today Condesa is a pleasant place to wander around, sit at a pavement café or wine and dine in one of the restaurants. Of course, for dog lovers, it’s probably the best place to live in Mexico City.


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