The New Omnipresence

The New Omnipresence

The first time I paid a bribe in Mexico City I was caught off guard. Admittedly, I had broken the law. In 1989 the Mexico City government passed legislation which required that on every second Saturday of the month all vehicles with license plates ending in 7 were not allowed to circulate. And here I was, a newcomer to the city, a license plate ending with 7, and driving in unintended defiance of the law.

First Week of the ‘New’ Old in Mexico

First Week of the ‘New’ Old in Mexico

It was a big weekend in Mexican history, one that I spent in blissful, disconnected ignorance with some friends in the mountainous jungle that surrounds Xalapa. Meanwhile, back in Mexico City some self-proclaimed anarchists were partying like it was 1999 — at...
[Review] Triumph of the City

[Review] Triumph of the City

One of those books that I read mostly in order to recommend it to others. I’m already part of the urbanist converted, and Glaeser is preaching to the choir. For those of you who are comfortably content in the suburbs, or wary of the chaotic hustle and bustle of...
[Grant] Mexican Institute for Competitiveness

[Grant] Mexican Institute for Competitiveness

This blog post is a summary of a $900,000 grant from Omidyar Network to the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) for general operating support over three years, with a special focus on the development of their Compara Tu Escuela platform. This information is...
[Strategy] Open Cities

[Strategy] Open Cities

I’d be a fool to think that I know best how my employer, Omidyar Network, should most effectively employ its resources to promote open government in Latin America. There are dozens if not hundreds of specialists who have much more experience and expertise than I...
[Grant] Ciudad Móvil DF

[Grant] Ciudad Móvil DF

This blog post is a summary of a $40,000 grant from Omidyar Network to Aventura Capital Partners to support the 2012 edition of Ciudad Movil DF, an annual 48-hour hackathon in which programmers develop mobile applications using datasets from Mexico City government...
[Analysis] Mexican Elections 2012

[Analysis] Mexican Elections 2012

How Mexico’s 2012 presidential election brought back the “Institutional Revolutionary Party” and how it divided the country into two: one informed by telenovelas and broadcast news, the other informed by blogs and social networks. I was taken by...