4/26/2016 Americas Quarterly
Mexico City is stuck. Already overcrowded and sinking, the Mexican capital was named earlier this year as the most traffic-congested city in the world. This dubious distinction isn’t surprising, considering that the number of registered cars in the metro area almost doubled from 2005 to 2013. Smog has gotten so bad that authorities implemented a temporary policy banning privately-owned cars from the streets one day a week.
But a solution to the city’s eternal traffic jam – at least a partial one – may be on the horizon.
If Mexico City’s new international airport opens as planned in 2020, the old airport, which currently lies just three miles from the city’s bustling downtown, will be shuttered. An area over twice the size of New York’s Central Park would suddenly be open for development.