In Focus | Mexico City in Motion

In the 1990s, Mexico City “was the poster child of everything every city should not aspire to,” says Gabriella Gomez Mont, the city’s former Chief Creative Officer and now a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown University’s Global Cities Initiative. “…. It was the poster child of urban disasters.” A sprawling metropolis of 21 million people—it grew 35-fold between the 1960s and 1990s—Mexico City still suffers from extreme inequality and other problems. But the city’s response has also made it a world leader in both addressing urban issues and imagining the city of the future. Here, Gomez Mont talks with Uwe Brandes, faculty director of the Georgetown Master’s program in Urban & Regional Planning, about what we can learn from her hometown.

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