Not in Our Backyard: Developers Hit Wall in Ritzy Mexico City Neighborhood

5/10/2016 Wall Street Journal

6142323949_5d5f048f77_mMEXICO CITY—Developers in one of the Mexican capital’s most affluent neighborhoods are facing stiff opposition to new commercial projects from residents who fear they will further strain the city’s outmoded infrastructure.

The neighborhood, Lomas de Chapultepec, is in the center of a debate over the merits and perils of densification.

In car-choked Mexico City, public transportation is spotty and outdated, while pollution prompted authorities last month to ban at least 20% of all cars from the roads every weekday in an effort to reduce unhealthy levels of smog. Other essential resources, like water, are strained as well.

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