Mexican World Heritage Site Falls Victim To Sprawl

Xochimilco (the “Venice of the New World” located 20 km from Mexico City), a World Heritage Site designated in 1987, is threatened with removal from the list because of the impacts of pollution, erosion, and urban sprawl.

"Roughly 20 kilometres south of downtown Mexico City, Xochimilco, which means 'place where the flowers grow' in the indigenous Aztec language of Nahuatl, is the last surviving vestige of a pre-Hispanic form of human settlement that is being slowly taken over by urban sprawl."

Thanks to Michael E. Kelly, AICP, MCIP

Full Story: ARCHAEOLOGY: MEXICO'S 'VENICE' IMPERILED BY POLLUTION AND EROSION

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