Life in Mexico City

How one country can live in two different worlds

Before Urbanization

Mexico city sits smack dab in the middle of the highland basin known as the valley of Mexico. It's 7,000 feet above sea level with a mild climate. It originally was an epicenter of Aztec culture called Tenochtitlan before the Spaniards found it. After Spaniards invaded, they destroyed Tenochtitlan and built Mexico City, but almost the opposite of the Mexico city we see today. Early 1900s Mexico city was a wondrous city with amazing architecture and flora. However, urbanization has overcome this city and has made spacial inequality and urbanization a few of the issues Mexico city faces now.

Beauty on the inside

On the interior of Mexico city is the original area that the Spaniards built. but time as added a few things. Such as electricity, water and sewage systems, and new buildings. A majority of people who live in this area live comfortable lives with houses that provide housing not unlike we have here in the americas. Housing with good material, clean water, and electricity. Most of these people have are called the "haves" because they have what people in the outskirts of the city don't. Jobs are no exception. Most of the "haves" have jobs as business leaders, teachers, or even government positions, Which they make good money for, and are able to afford everything they have.

Messy Outskirts

The outskirts of Mexico city mostly consists of cardboard housing or, if their lucky, made of cinderblocks with a tarp roof. most of these people are newcomers from the more rural areas of Mexico and suffered from rural decline. Their standard of living is very low. they have no running water or electricity. They are doing well to just be able to eat every day. Their jobs, if any, don't pay well and they mostly work as cooks, maids, or construction workers. Their lives are by far harder than the "haves" and are called the "have nots". They usually get water from a water pump that they share with their neighbours.