I recently had the opportunity to visit Olvera Street, I had been there before several years ago and I remember I was fascinated by everything and how “Mexican” things were. Now that I go there all I see is the advertisement made for the street and how it looked like a zoo; the Mexicans all sold their items, made minimal contact with anyone and were ogled at. When I went it was very busy and crowded, this area was built to distract people from what the Mexicans were really doing, and to have a way of looking at them and acknowledging them without actually having to make contact with them. I believe this is still true, while on my to the street I passed by several streets that were riddled with homeless people, many of them were Mexican.
We continue to use Olvera Street as a way to add some beauty to Mexicans. We shield our eyes to the people on the streets and flock to the areas that are used to only express the unrealistic ideas of the culture. I believe that little to nothing has changed for this area, the ideas for the street still hold true. It allows people to continue to believe that Mexicans are simple people and are satisfied with simply selling their items to others, but this is not true nor was it ever true. The area itself also represents how little they thought of the Mexicans, the streets within Olvera Street are very narrow and the shops are all very close together leaving very little room to have a pleasant feeling, especially if the street is very busy at that time. They do not get the wide open areas that the richer areas had, and it was used to show how poor and underprivileged they were, and still are.