Fiesta On The Sandy Shores Of Mexico City

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.

"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

Full Story: Urban beach lets city's poor enjoy taste of Acapulco

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
$28.00