“What you have here is a clash between two worlds. It’s the Mexico that values improving your lot in life through hard work, against the Mexico of privilege and arrogance, where family connections get you what you want.”
Héctor de Mauleón describes the irony and historical importance of the local government’s decision to close the street 16 de Septiembre to cars. His text was originally published in El Universal.
Why this explosion of English-language books about Mexico City by Americans after decades of disregard? Ironically, it has much to do with the city’s cultural and economic rise over the past five to ten years. I say ‘ironically’ because none of the three above-mentioned authors chart the city’s progress.