Readers of Distant Cousin might wonder what Ana saw, early in the book, on her run along Interstate 10 in El Paso. Since it was by a freeway, most of us would expect it to be run down, industrialized, trashy, and generally unattractive. Parts of it are like that, but much of it is not.
These pictures show the freeway along the border south of downtown El Paso, near Chamizal Park. Considerable civic pride and artistry are on display.
The top photo shows a "mural" featuring patriotic motifs. The middle photo is of a rendering of La Virgen de Guadalupe, over some roses also characteristic of her story. The bottom is an image of Emiliano Zapata, revered Mexican freedom fighter during the Mexican Revolution.
Note the picnic benches, parking areas, and so forth. This is the way to dress up your freeways!
(More photos in Table of Contents at right)