In this issue CityPlan crosses the ocean to explore Mexico City, one of Latin America’s cultural capitals.
The metropolitan area of Greater Mexico City is home to more than 20 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the world. It is the largest city in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world after Tokyo.
As usual, we examine the city by means of five GIS-generated maps graphically overlaid with data freely available on the Internet.
The first map shows population distribution in the territory. Comparing this with the others - showing the topography, availability and distribution of services and amenities, public transport and vegetation in the urban fabric, respectively - helps us assess whether the city has enjoyed largely well-balanced development or if, on the contrary, urban growth has been haphazard and...