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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