Since our first trip, we've managed to make it back to Merida between two and three times per year. So much has been happening in the city that one of the first things we do is go out to see what has changed. This trip is no exception, and there are lots of improvements.
The majority of the municipal work in Centro seems to be complete, and the Plaza Grande and the parks look really good.
The new roofed arcade between the Cathedral and the MACAY is a pleasant place for a stroll and will also probably be a welcome shelter during unexpected summer storms. Although there are doors for what look like shop spaces all along the MACAY side, only one (a Mayan crafts shop) was open on Saturday. Since this area will be on virtually every tourists' list, it seems like these spaces would be ideal for shops or tour agencies.
My personal favorite addition, though, are new signs throughout Centro for the directionally challenged that helpfully point the way to major sites and destinations. Like the sidewalks and renovated parks and the new lighting, these signs seem like a clear indication that the city is ready for tourists and ready for its close up.