Magazine article Geographical

City of the Future

Magazine article Geographical

City of the Future

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Last year, the UN announced that more than half of the world's population now lives in cities. This followed on from the news that more than a billion people live in slums. As the exodus from rural to urban areas continues, cities around the world are struggling to cope. In this special issue of Geographical, we go inside Mexico City, the world's second-largest city, with a population of more than 19 million, to see what lessons we can learn from its transition from urban disaster to prosperous global metropolis. To set the scene, photographer Sophie Gerrard captures the city's character in a series of candid images

In God we trust

Catholicism has historically dominated religious life in Mexico since the Spanish colonisation, and at the turn of the 20th century, more than 99 per cent of the population were nominally Catholic. Since then, the proportion of people in the Federal District of Mexico City who consider themselves Catholic has declined to 90 per cent. Spanish attempts to eradicate indigenous religious practices weren't entirely successful, as demonstrated by the continuing popularity of the 3,000-year-old Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, a celebration to honour the dearly departed that involves offerings in the form of chocolate skulls, brightly coloured paper skeletons and other depictions of the dead

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Kidnap culture

Following an explosion of crime during the mid-1990s, gated communities have appeared all over Mexico City and the number of police and private security guards patrolling the streets has increased significantly. A spate of kidnappings that targeted market traders and street vendors as much as bank managers and IT tycoons appears to have died down, although it's still a hotly debated topic at middle-class dinner parties. …

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