The University of Arizona

Water, Housing, and Transportation in Mexico City during the Second Half of the Twentieth Century

Reed Battles


The following paper looks at the urban history of Mexico City in the second half of the twentieth century.  By examining water use, land use, and the public transportation network during this period, we can see that the governemnt of Mexico City was extremely unprepared for the massive populaiton growth and subsequent infrastructure strain. This period of Mexico City history has seen an increase in reacitons to a problem instead of proactive prevention, and while Mexico City continues to be seen as a beacon of modernity in Latin America, the unprepardenss of the government might result in the obsolete goal of a developed Mexico.

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