Fiesta On The Sandy Shores Of Mexico City

<p>For those who can't get to the coast, tons of sand have been trucked into a park in Mexico City, where residents flock to spend a day at the "beach". But critics see the effort as a wasteful in a city where many residents still have no running water.</p>
April 6, 2007, 12pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"It is the hottest time of year in Mexico City, and those who can afford it are fleeing to the coast. But while some are considering a snorkeling expedition over reefs in the turquoise Caribbean, and others are recovering from a night of excess at one of Acapulco's tacky beach discos, those left behind in the city can now also get sand in their hair."

"The capital's leftwing government is opening four "urban oases" around the city, modeled on the famous riverside beaches in Paris and Rome. The idea, says the mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, is to let the poor have some fun too. With the minimum daily wage under £2, there are plenty who cannot afford to travel any further."

Thanks to D.A. Varnado, AICP

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Published on Thursday, April 5, 2007 in The Guardian Unlimited
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