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Chale hijo!

So, in the interest of systematic knowledge (and public safety), this essay tabulates the streets’ honks into a taxonomy of cláxones [horns], a “claxonomy” of Mexico City’s traffic.

Source: A Claxonomy of Mexico City’s Traffic – Allegra Lab

As a cyclist I’ve learned one or two “words” i.e. groupings of honks, but they apply only to the Twin Cities area and are in English. What the essay goes over is like me learning Spanish all over again.

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It’s gentrification by any other name

Not every sector has benefited the same from the influx of digital nomads. Sarai Balderrama, the co-founder of Agencia de Arte, a digital platform that promotes up-and-coming Mexican artists to international clients, told Rest of World, “For over a year, I’ve been trying to tap into that market but they don’t seem interested in staying. You usually buy art when you start calling a place home.”

Source: Digital nomads now come first for Mexico City’s gig workers – Rest of World

The resident population of Mexico City has been screaming at these people to willingly integrate with the fabric of the city instead of just insulating themselves from it. Already thousands have been priced out by these digital nomads.

When Latin American people go to the US or Europe to work, Americans usually scream at them to integrate, and the vast majority of them do, even if they don’t speak the language. They pay taxes, they pay their bills, they spend discretionary income if they have any left after wiring money home.

But Americans and Europeans are not willing to return the favor.

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“Vamos a la plaza” turned into “vamos al moll”

In the early 1990s, Manuel Camacho Solís—then Mexico City’s head of government—announced his goal to turn Mexico City into a “global city.” To that end, he approved five redevelopment-oriented urban megaprojects. The reconstruction of the corridor between the Alameda Central—a park in the center—and Paseo de la Reforma was one of them. The others included the revitalization of the city’s historic center; the creation of Santa Fe; the improvement of Avenida Masaryk, the main thoroughfare in the upscale Polan

Source: An Alternate Future for the Mall | Online Only | n+1

This article was written before the ’17 quake struck the city. Given the fact a lot of buildings that did not fall down during the quake are now toppling, it will lead to a redistribution of spaces across the entire city.

Let’s hope the city government will do what is right, providing housing to those who lost it in the neighborhoods they’ve lived for decades, instead of what it easy thing, shoving them out to the edges of the city.

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