January 27th, 2011
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  1. Useful Community Development

    It seems that the leaders and architects are confusing two different things: (a) the disadvantages of what the video calls a "lack of planning," with (b) urban sprawl, meaning over-consumption of land in comparison with population growth. The redensification project, while a good idea on the face of it in terms of urban planning theory, may or may not be a good idea in reality, depending on the capacity of the infrastructure. One thing seems sure: improving public transportation as rapidly as possible seems important in this situation. The fact that there is no transit in some portions of such a city is very troubling.

    The other blatant omission in the discussion on this video, at least, is the lack of mention of a population or growth policy. Don't blame "urban sprawl" exclusively, when even the editors of this piece admit that sometimes what started as sprawl within a megalopolis such as this can eventually turn into a very urban and pleasing space. A discussion of how big is too big becomes important, and the environmental sustainability of all the infrastructure systems need to be analyzed. Government policy could give incentives to people to populate other smaller cities and towns, and also reward business formation and investment in other parts of Mexico.

    It's natural that people and ideas gather together in cities, but it seems to me that there are definitely diminishing returns on further growth for Mexico City. It's time for city leaders to discuss limiting new construction and for national leaders to deliberate about a national population distribution policy.

    January 28, 2011 at 3:18 am |
  2. Manuel Vilhena

    Interesting article about the second largest city in the world.

    February 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  3. Lewis

    You are so right. So many small business owerns have developed their business by the seat of their pants. Not all their fault either. Not too many know how to operate a business, but do what they love and are gifted at. How to fix this?

    November 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm |

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