Xalapa is apparently going to see the construction of a funicular, a cable car, from Parque Juárez to Los Lagos. Here are parts the article and picture from El Diario de Xalapa today. My translation as usual. The author of the original article is Rubén Rojas.
Xalapa, Veracruz. -The construction of a teleférico which would go from Parque Juárez to Los Lagos is to become a reality. The interest in this project is due to the fact that it would help rescue the economy of the historic center and the paseo of Los Lagos.
At present there is a formal proposal from a European business to finance it and a local consortium including the College of Civil Engineers, the College of Architects, local authorities and businesses. It's estimated that almost five millin dollars will be needed. Banamext is willing to finance half. At the beginning of the month, DoppelmayrCTEC Caraventa, a Swiss-Austrian business, presented to the Xalapa city council a proposal for the funicular which is seeking the support of Governor Fidel Herrera.
Former governor Heriberto Jara dreamed of constructing the funicular in the 1920s, and little by little it began to materialize, but it still is not a reality.....Now the groups interested in bringing it about not only to realize the human yearning to "fly" over the city, but also to rescue the economy of the historic center and the Paseo de Los Lagos. These two spaces which ought to be magnets for toursim have gradually been exinguished because of the creation of shopping malls; the 280 American franchises which have installed themselves in the area without reinvesting their capital in the city [in fact these franchises have pretty much turned the main highway into a series of box stores and strip malls], and the deterioration caused by the passage of time and government indifference which presently has left the streets of the traditional barrio El Dique converted into a floating flea market while the Paseo de los Lagos is a victim of graffiti, urine smells and feces which arrrive from the toilets of colonia Isleta and from dogs and from institutional abandonment.
I have to add that we haven't recently been to Los Lagos, but the city center around Parque Juarez still bustles as much as I ever remember. Parque Juarez itself is full of life and delights. I can definitely see the wish to upgrade the area, though: to bring business to local merchants and more pleasure to all.
Anyway, here is a picture of the proposed funicular route, again from El Diario de Xalapa of November 17, 2008.