MEXICO CITY (AP) — A line of individuals wearing black, flannels and piercings wound in entrance of a two-story constructing on certainly one of Mexico Metropolis’s fundamental avenues. Graffiti studying “Alicia” was painted above their heads. Inside, a younger man frantically scrolled over an inventory of names and ready the entry hand stamp. It might have been any nightclub on a Friday night time within the bustling metropolis, however the entire line knew it was their final likelihood to set foot in what had change into an iconic music venue and counterculture hub within the Mexican capital.
After 27 years, Multiforo Cultural Alicia closed its doorways eternally on March 12. For a lot of, it marked the tip of an period and signaled gentrification’s toll on the town lately. “No one got here initially. It was a tiny place, uncomfortable, very punk,” recalled Ignacio Pineda, 60, the founding father of the Alicia. “However I didn’t need a stylish bar. I wished a spot for the individuals.”