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The New Face of Government Housing in Mexico City’s Suburbs

 

Picnickers relax on a hillside above an INFONAVIT neighborhood encroaching into the Sierra de Guadalupe range to the north of Mexico City.
Picnickers relax on a hillside above an INFONAVIT neighborhood encroaching into the Sierra de Guadalupe range to the north of Mexico City — Photo by author, click to enlarge

Though we’re entering into the season where this city seems to get rain every single afternoon, I’ve been running around to many corners of the city for the last several weeks, speaking to more people living in Mexico City’s suburbs, and photographing the surroundings. This post is a follow-up of sorts to my experience living in Galaxia, Cuautitlán. Here I’ve collected some views of other government-funded constructions throughout the city: single family, mass-produced homes that, despite all appearances, are the descendants of the city’s modernist dreams at Tlatelolco and elsewhere.

As always, you can find more consistent updates on my Instagram and I welcome all feedback and comments below.

 “Smile, thief, we’re watching you and if we catch you, we’ll lynch you.” A common sign in the city's suburbs, pictured here in Cuautitlán.
“Smile, thief, we’re watching you and if we catch you, we’ll lynch you.” A common sign in the city’s suburbs, pictured here in Cuautitlán — Photo by author, click to enlarge
Dawn over Villas de Real, a subdivision in Mexico City’s northeastern reaches, along the freeway to Pachuca
Dawn over Villas de Real, a subdivision in Mexico City’s northeastern reaches, along the freeway to Pachuca — Photo by author, click to enlarge
A view of several INFONAVIT-funded neighborhoods in Ixtapaluca, taken from an archeological site above
A view of several INFONAVIT-funded neighborhoods in Ixtapaluca, taken from an archeological site above — Photo by author, click to enlarge
A water tower in Geovillas Santa Barbara, in Ixtapaluca, far to the east of the DF. Water shortages are extremely common throughout the region.
A water tower in Geovillas Jesus María, in Ixtapaluca, far to the east of the DF. Water shortages are extremely common throughout the region — Photo by author, click to enlarge
A single INFONAVIT development stands out from a sea of informal, unfinished concrete construction in Ecatepec
A single INFONAVIT development stands out from a sea of informal, unfinished concrete construction in Ecatepec — Photo by author, click to enlarge
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Saplings and homes without visible modification mark this block in Las Américas, Ecatepec, as one of the newest subdivisions in Mexico City — Photo by author, click to enlarge

Comments

  1. josue a garcia
    ciudad de mexico
    April 7, 1:54 pm

    realmente hablan de muchas cosas sin una seria investigacion, lastima que solo se hable de un amarillismo sin conocer a fondo el problema, de entrada ixtapaluca esta en el estado de mexico, cabe resaltar que el estado de mexico y el distrito federal son dos estados diferentes, y hablar de ellos como si fuesen lo mismo seria como hablar de texas y new york como si estuviesen juntos, cabe resaltar que de los problemas que trata de explicar el autor en su nota son temas que no le constan, el simple hecho de hablar de la falta de agua en ixtapaluca lo ratifica, le comento que en esa zona del estado de Mexico por suerte los problemas de agua son poco comunes, y por lo menos en esa unidad habitacional donde por cierto yo vivi mucho tiempo jamas me hizo falta el liquido..

    le solicito investigar de forma seria los pronunciamientos que hace en su revista antes de hablar de ellos y comprender que el estado de mexico y la ciudad de mexico son dos estados y dos gobiernos, no tiene nada que ver el alcalde de la ciudad de mexico miguel angel mancera con el gobernador del estado de mexico eruviel avila villegas, son dos administraciones bien diferentes,