Plaza Cervantina has been up until now a pretty little unappreciated gem of a square which fell on very hard times. For the past number of years it was home to a variety of sordid activities, and generally a place to avoid .
For the past little while, however, a group known as Punta de Lanza have been diligently working to spruce up and restore the area. Despite a lack of funds, they have begun by painting murals referencing works by Cervantes, whose bust looks out on to the square, no doubt approvingly at the changes being wrought. According to news reports, they have plans to open performance spaces, galleries as well as a coffee house. This Saturday (Nov 3) they are planning a huge party beginning around 3 or 4 to celebrate the venture.
Those who wish to contribute funds and find out more can do so at the website http://www.fondeadore.mx which seems to be a Mexican version of kickstarter. Scroll to “Rescate de la Plaza Cervantina- david sokolec