MEXICAN CITY — The city of Mexico City, with its high and imposing skyscrapers, towers and glittering domes, is often regarded as a modern marvel.
But in recent years, the country’s population has plummeted by an estimated 25% and the nation has seen a spike in homicides and violent crime.
It has also seen a rise in earthquakes, which can trigger massive tremors that are deadly.
“The number of deaths in Mexico is much higher than the deaths from natural causes,” said Antonio García-Mendez, an environmental and urban planning professor at Mexico City’s Universidad de Cancún.
“We have a much higher number of people living in the cities because of the lack of roads and buildings.
People don’t know how to access the water.
People aren’t prepared.”
With the city’s population now declining by more than half, García Mendez believes Mexico’s cities are in danger of becoming uninhabitable.
The population is slowly but surely dwindling, and the state of emergency is only in effect for about 10 months, which means a lot of work must be done to reverse the trend.
Many of the problems plaguing Mexico City stem from a lack of urban planning, Garcia Mendez said.
It is estimated that a quarter of the city is now built on undeveloped land, making it virtually unusable by the city-state’s natural resources.
In the past decade, Mexico has had a population explosion, as many Mexicans migrated to the United States.
As the economy of the country contracted, the city fell into disrepair and its buildings and infrastructure were in disrepair.
García Menez says the country needs a new urban blueprint to ensure its cities are built on the right site.
With Mexico’s population dropping, Garcílez said it’s time to build new cities.
While the city was in disarray, Garcie Menez said, the Mexican government was spending $30 billion to build a new highway, which is currently under construction.
García said the government should be investing more in the city, like paying for public works like roads, parks and bridges.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICA – MARCH 25: A street in the suburb of El Paso, Mexico, on March 25, 2018 in this file photo taken by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said in an interview with El Universal that he is not sure how to deal with the decline of the population in the country, which he blamed on a lack to invest in public transportation.
“In the city of Mérida, we have been paying more and more for public transportation, but not enough for the roads,” he said.
When asked if there were plans to pay for new highways, Garcista Manceras answer was no.
He also said the city will continue to invest to build its public transit system.
Despite the fact that Mexico City is facing a population decline, Garcistas response was a bit vague.
He said he would look into the issue and see how he can improve the citys transportation infrastructure.
At the same time, the mayor said he is committed to building a sustainable urban development plan.
I think we have to look at what is going on with the urban population and what the best approach is, he said, according to The Associated Press.
This is not a crisis that is going to be solved overnight, Garcianes office said.
But Mancer said the issue is serious.
He said that if the situation continues, there will be an economic crisis.
Mexico City is in a difficult situation, Garcies office said, but GarcíaMendez said that he believes the government is making a good decision.
It is important for Mexico to build the infrastructure needed for the future, Garces office added.
As for the city being unable to pay its bills, Garceria said that the city cannot afford to be bankrupt.
There are currently about 1.3 million people in Mexico City.
Most of them work in the private sector, Garcés office said of the government.
It said that a lack in government spending is forcing the city to cut services.