Archives for March 2014

Fundidora: An Urban Space to Love

“I really like Monterrey as a city, but I am helplessly in love with Fundidora Park.”–Ironman contestant Daniel Castañeda answering interview questions for the March 24 “Other Side of the Peso” blog post. What is today a fabulous multi-use park was, for most of the last century, quite different. Scratch the surface of Monterrey history, […] Read the full article…

2014 Ironman 70.3 Monterrey

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, MONTERREY, MEXICO. (Photos from Ironman 70.3 Monterrey Facebook page and Daniel Castañeda.) With a few minutes before an 8:30 cab ride to the Monterrey airport, I unfold today’s El Norte newspaper to a photo of hundreds of bicycles lined in neat rows. What the paper terms a “macro parking lot,” is actually a […] Read the full article…

All in the Shrinking Mexican Family

Family is a big deal for Mexicans. If you’re Anglo-, African-, Jewish-, Italian-, Arab-American, Asian-Indian or any other combination, and you’re ready to protest that family is important to other ethnic, cultural and racial groups, point granted. On the flip side, there are Latinos who don’t get along with other family members, especially on telenovela […] Read the full article…

Steinbeck’s Young Authors

This week, “The Other Side of the Peso—Mexican Success Stories” looks at the Salinas, California National Steinbeck Center’s Young Authors program and how it’s motivating a lot of young people, many the children of Mexican immigrants, to write better. (Photos courtesy of The National Steinbeck Center and Richard Green.) The city of Salinas, population 150,000, […] Read the full article…

What Will El Chapo’s Arrest Mean?

  The day after  Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera’s February 22 arrest, the photo of Mexican Marines escorting the world’s most wanted drug lord was splashed across newspapers and websites from Australia to France to Turkey. The “impeccable operation” was a full-fledged media coup for Enrique Peña Nieto’s 15-month-old presidency. In a departure from its […] Read the full article…