Alameda, 17th street in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

Hipsters and entrepreneurial millennials want to be in the Alameda, athletes young at heart want to be seen exercising in the Alameda and to enjoy a good coffee, nothing like being on the new wide sidewalks of the Alameda.

Alameda, 17th street in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
The Alameda recovers its splendor in the pursuit of commercial development, and it is succeeding. Credit: Paseo En Ciudad Victoria

The young Victorians of today spend Sundays falling in love with each other beneath the greenery of the lovely Alameda del Diecisiete, leaving the city's recollection of the warring twists of the plazas.

It started out as an avenue with only one lane on the east, where an irrigation canal was located. It was planned by Domingo de la Fuente, a topographical engineer, sometime in the 1870s, under General Servando Canales' administration. Later, under Alejandro Prieto's administration, the street was enlarged and turned into the capital's pride thanks to its lush and untamed appearance.

This historic avenue, now known as Francisco I. Madero, extends from the south, where the popular Paseo Pedro José Méndez is located, to the north, where the hero's memorial stands. It was formerly an orchard, and the nearby farms have since been transformed into homes.

It was gradually developed into La Glorieta, a rural park. The person in charge of looking after it, Mr. Fermín Piloto, opened and shut the entrance leading to Seventeenth Street. There is now the Heroic Children Monument, which General Raul Gárate dedicated on November 20, 1950.

One of the first tributes paid after General Méndez's valiant death in 1866 was to dedicate a stunning park in his honor. Its lovely Porfirian kiosk, with an octagonal form and cast iron balustrades, was opened in 1899 as part of the celebrations of the century's conclusion.

Additionally, it included rectangular moats with elliptical fountains that were completed with a brick filigree that had serrations. A kiosk and fountains are no longer there.