Can you imagine a colonial city blended with a modern city? Well, the result is a city like Puebla. Our city was founded in 1531. The Historic Centre of Puebla was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Puebla is situated about 100 km east of Mexico City (the capital of the country), at the foot of the Popocatepetl volcano. It has preserved its great religious structures -- such as the Puebla Cathedral, which was built in the 16th and 17th centuries -- and fine buildings like the old Archbishop's palace, as well as a host of houses with walls covered in tiles (azulejos). The new aesthetic concepts resulting from the fusion of European and American architectural styles were adopted locally and are peculiar to the Baroque district of Puebla.
As well, as a result of many historical factors, such as the industrial revolution and rapid population growth, we have urban and suburban sprawl.
So it's necessary to go out and walk in all the streets of Puebla to know about the life of its citizens, its communities and neighbourhoods, and about its problems, opportunities and more. We’ve just started to walk -- join us! Our Jane's Walk conversations are about urban equity, the importance of neighbourhoods, pedestrian rights, democracy on the streets, urban design, and how to make a safe and fair city.