The Mexican capital has escaped the ultra-violence of other cities in the drug war
Great paper. But the altar looks much more Palomayombe than Satanic.
headline seems to emphasize the gringos flocking to mexico city but there is really only a small sentence stating that observation with no analysis of what you as the author think about that or what other mexicans think about that. seems to analyze more of the sociopolitical factors that lead to decrease in CDMX murders.. is the tourism and stimulation in economy desired from outsiders? is it an annoyance to you and other mexicans? obviously murder rates decreasing is great... as a gringo texan i long miss the days of crossing into the border towns for food and the people and culture of our neighbors. i traveled to CDMX a few months ago for the first time with a friend from Monterrey and definitely want to go back. would like to hear your thoughts on the pros and cons of more outsiders coming in. thanks for the good read.
The pax mafiosi explanation by far the best one. That's been the case for decades
This a success story for Mexico. I think this model of “violence free zones” should become a blueprint. Mexico City with Formula One, Regular Season NBA and NFL Games(One Next Week) is a World must see destination now. Not only for its history, sports, music, but because it is the hope of a promising Mexican Future. Great, On the Ground Reporting as always Ioan!
Smog, traffic, crowds. We all have to “escape” from Mex df for at least 3 days a month. Unfortunately..Acapulco, Veracruz, Michoacán, Guanajuato; all killing fields.
Protégé, not prodigy.
I'm rather irritated that Vice's new video on "How Mexican Drug Cartels Smuggle Thousands of Guns From The US | Arming the Americas" doesn't make a single mention of your book, or ask you for an interview while they were in CDMX.
I loved the book btw, your best one thus far !
I remember growing up in the 90's early 00's Mexico City had such a bad reputation as a hotbed for crime. Even my parents were very weary of such a place. They were however from very small Mexican towns so I wonder sometimes if it was just the magnitude and weariness of a large city that influenced their opinions.
Ive had the pleasure of exploring during adulthood and I cant think about how much I have yet to cover on my next visits to Mexico City. It really is a fascinating place and I have felt relatively safe most of the time. I do have relatives who I visit that live just outside the Mexico City border in Chimalhuacan, EdoMex so I know its not all roses in sunshine throughout the entire region.
Hopefully this is a strategy that can employed throughout Mexico. Maybe not in the cartel hot beds but certainly maybe places that suffer from the more average petty crime.
Interesting piece. I've always taken the crime stats in Mexico with an immense grain of salt but appreciate you digging into the details a bit more.
Speaking somewhat on the topic of HP - LA Times went near hysteric about this a few months ago, even using the verb, "flooding" to describe the movement of what appeared to be mostly remote workers from the US. Given the decline I've seen in that city, let alone state, and all the moralizing that publication seems to push on us, it came off as incredibly bigoted.
FYI- 11 women are killed in México , daily !!!