Rejuvenating Mexico’s Polluted, Crime-Ridden Cities

The New York Times, 6/20/12

Mexico’s leading architects, planners and civil servants are working together in a long-overdue battle to clean up some of the country’s most polluted urban areas. Public parks are being rehabilitated and designated pedestrian zones are cutting traffic in car-clogged cities.

Leading the way in green initiatives is Villahermosa, capital of Tabasco state and a hub of the oiland natural gas industry.

The city of nearly 700,000 people commissioned the architect Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos to overhaul its Tomás Garrido Canabal Park, which was a crime-riddled and polluted dead zone, said the incumbent mayor, Jesús Alí, who is campaigning for re-election in July.

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