Anne and I are hooked on the Amazon series, Mozart in the Jungle. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Rodrigo, the conductor of the fictional New York Symphony Orchestra.
Bernal is a pleasure to watch.
I have been a fan of his since Y Tu Mamá También.
Last night we settled in to watch two more episodes from the second season in which the orchestra travels to Mexico City to play in the beautiful Palacio Bellas Artes.
The show reminded me of how much I love Mexico City. If you like big cities, you would love Mexico City.
It is a big, beautiful, noisy, crowded and exciting city.
When we visited Mexico City last year some Chicago friends were worried. They had heard about the narco violence in Mexico and were concerned about our safety.
Of course, the narco violence in Mexico is real. In fact, while in Mexico City we joined a march down the Reforma of thousands of Mexicans demanding that the corrupt government of Enrique Peña Nieto come clean about the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero. They were victims of the collaboration between the narcos and the government. The students still have not been found.
Mexico City, however, is a far safer city than Chicago.
The murder rate in Chicago is at least twice that of Mexico City.
Don Welsh, who has headed Chicago’s convention and tourism efforts for the past five years, has resigned effective at the end of March, the city announced Friday.
The president of Choose Chicago since its inception in 2012, Welsh is leaving to run Destination Marketing Association International, a Washington-based trade organization.
A national search for his successor in Chicago will begin immediately, according to Desiree Rogers, board chair of Choose Chicago.
Don Welsh had two problems doing his job.
They are Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel.
Choose Chicago, the tourism operation that Welsh headed, hasn’t gotten the funding it needs because of the state’s budget impasse created by the Governor.
The impact of cuts to the tourism office doesn’t compare to the seriousness of the loss of funding to Illinois Lutheran Family Services.
Still, Welsh can’t run an office with no money.
He also had the problem that the Mayor has turned Chicago into a tough sell.
While Chicago’s tourism business has increased during Welsh’s tenure, he and Choose Chicago were facing challenges in 2016. Convention bookings are down, tourism advertising has been scaled back and Chicago’s image has been given a black eye by gun violence, street protests and new revelations of police brutality.
Yes. I can see how that is a problem.
Chicago’s motto was Urbs in Horto, a city in a garden.
Now it’s sixteen shots.