Mexico City: The Production and Reproduction of an Urban Environment (World Cities Series)

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9780816172597: Mexico City: The Production and Reproduction of an Urban Environment (World Cities Series)

The "World cities" series offers up-to-date and wide-ranging profiles of the world's main urban centres. Each book blends urban history, sociology, ecology, economics, politics, transport, architecture and built environment into a portrayal of the contemporary urban scene. Mexico City is the largest and fastest growing city in Latin America. Despite its long history dating back to Aztec times, its essential character is a product of recent development and it exemplifies all the problems of Third World cities, albeit on a huge scale, exacerbated by its national and international role and the special problems caused by the earthquake of 1985. Peter Ward presents an analysis of Mexico City's rise, social and economic structure, population, urban fabric, transport and governance and concludes with a look at the future.

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This complete guide to the history and development of one of the world's largest cities focuses on the architecture and planning of Mexico City.

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Mexico City "...the most documented analysis of contemporary urban Mexico. Peter Ward has done it again!" Susan Eckstein, President of the Latin American Studies Association

Mexico City is one of the largest and most dynamic 'megacities' of the world. The last four decades of dramatic growth have seen great economic, demographic, political and social change. Does such profound change threaten the fabric of urban life in Mexico? Peter Ward argues that Mexico City is not falling apart, not in danger of imminent implosion. Rather, its citizens and local authorities are responding positively to the major problems that confront them: economic and commercial restructuring; privatisation and deregulation; excessive centralisation; low-paid job opportunities; poor housing and infrastructure; inadequate distribution of health care facilities; poor and corrupt policing; ecological fragility threatened by pollution and earthquakes. More democratic city management systems and structures are emerging, whilst grassroots movements are making their voices heard and affecting change. This second edition of Mexico City remains the best informed guide to this most fascinating of the world's cities.

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