The courtyard of a vecindad in Mexico City's Centro Histórico

Vecindades: Mexico City's Answer to 'Missing Middle Housing'

An iconic multifamily housing form repurposes the former homes of Mexico's elite into communal housing for urban workers.

January 25, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Mexico City Metro

Mexico Amends Constitution to Declare Safe Mobility a Human Right

Mexico recently ratified an amendment to its constitution to make safe mobility a human right. The amendment comes in response to unsafe conditions on the country's streets, roads, and highways.

November 9, 2020 - TheCityFix

Brazil Olympics

The Pandemic's New Epicenter

On May 22, the World Health Organization declared Latin America the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil is second in the world in reported cases after the U.S., and Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Mexico are also suffering disproportionately.

June 10, 2020 - The Washington Post

Tijuana, Mexico

Urban and Regional Planning Education in Mexico

Sergio Peña, of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico, writes about a recent article he authored in the Journal of Planing Education and Research.

February 6, 2020 - JPER

Water SUpply

Colorado River Cutback Plan to Start in January

States in the Lower Basin of the Colorado River will contribute more water in order to keep reservoirs from reaching critically low levels.

December 19, 2019 -


The Diversity of Biking in Art and Culture

Bikes are an important part of many people’s lives, and fostering a world where cycling has a place involves recognizing this diversity of experience.

September 19, 2019 - Streetsblog Chicago

Benito Juarez International Airport

Mexico City Airport Project Ends; Causes Economic Rumblings

Mexican voters do not want the airport project to continue, and serious economic consequences could follow.

November 1, 2018 - Bloomberg

Mexico High-Speed Train Has New Hope After Election

Mexico-Queretaro train project was halted in 2015 as part of PRI budget cuts, but the incoming administration says they're interested in restarting the project.

August 9, 2018 - Mexico News Daily

El Paso

City as Border Zone

Architects Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, founders of El Paso firm AGENCY, discuss the reality and rhetoric of the US–Mexico border.

March 7, 2018 - The Architectural League

El Paso Trolleys

El Paso Streetcars to Symbolize Transnational Ties

The Texas city is moving ahead on plans to refurbish its old trolleys into a 21st-century streetcar system. The aim is to resurrect an old route that traversed the border to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

June 6, 2017 - Fast Company

Mexico City from the air

Mexico City Coalition Dreams of Restoring Rivers

A proposal to restore Mexico City's 45 rivers envisions a whole new model for the city.

July 1, 2016 - CityLab

Mexico Street

Lessons in City Planning from the Mexican Corner Store

Mixed use neighborhoods and walkable neighborhoods in Mexican cities and towns.

May 24, 2016 - Casey Brazeal

Mexico's Lacandon Jungle Under Development Pressure

Lacandon Jungle in Mexico is under pressure as tribes, the Mexican government, and preservationists fight between development versus conservation.

July 19, 2014 - The Washington Post

Brooklyn Bridge Beach

Urban River Revitalization Across the Globe

Urban Times offers a list of 13 urban river renewal projects spanning from Medellin to Manila.

June 14, 2014 - Urban Times

Bridge to U.S. Makes Tijuana's Airport Truly International

To meet demand from passengers seeking an alternative to San Diego's small airport, and circumvent the traffic crunch at two nearby border crossings, Tijuana's international airport will provide direct access from the United States.

January 21, 2014 - The New York Times

New Initiatives Aim to Slow Spread of Sprawl Across Mexico

Though 78 percent of Mexico’s population is urban, for the past three decades it's been importing a disastrous development pattern from its northern neighbor - urban sprawl. A new set of institutions and policies are aimed at reversing the trend.

September 13, 2013 - The City Fix

Planners Transform Forgotten Spaces into Public Places in Mexico City

In one of the world's largest cities, every little bit of space counts in the quest to create respites from the clamor. A popular program in Mexico City is turning vacant and neglected spaces under its freeways into commercial and recreational space.

May 30, 2013 - The Washington Post

Leading Mexican Modernist Architect Dies at 94

Sam Dillon eulogizes architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, who helped transition Mexico "from a mostly peasant society into a modern industrial state," as much with his political skills as his technical skills.

April 18, 2013 - The New York Times

Mexico City's New Smog-Eating Building

A new building at a Mexico City hospital has been screened with an advanced, and quite attractive, tile that breaks down the harmful pollutants in smog into less toxic substances, reports Zak Stone.

March 28, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Meet Mexico City's Pedestrian Protecting Superhero

Sarah Goodyear introduces us to Peatónito, the masked Lucha Libre inspired defender of pedestrians.

March 2, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

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