As 2020 comes to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague our countries, communities, and families. In the United States, in particular, poor management of the pandemic has taken an aggressive economic toll on already struggling families, small business owners, and a dormant workforce whose jobs have become obsolete. I have taken an increasing… Read More Urban Rights Blog: Rebirth and COVID-19 update
An interview with Enrique Lomnitz, General Director of Isla Urbana Last year, I had the privilege of gaining insights from industry experts about what the new planning institute in Mexico City should look like (which is in the process of legislation). I met and interviewed architects, civil society organizations, developers, planning entities, academics, and… Read More The push for better water management in Mexico City – One rainwater capture system at a time
Mexico City elected its first female mayor in July. Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo is a scientist and was the former governor of Tlalpan, one of the 22 delegations/districts of Mexico City. Tlalpan is one of the poorest districts of the city, and was especially vulnerable to the 7.1 earthquake that struck the city last September. The mayor-elect… Read More Preliminary thoughts on Mexico City’s new mayor-elect, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo
I had the honor of working with Jens Aerts, an Urban Planning Specialist at UNICEF, to create a handbook for urban planners to better plan cities for and with children. The general idea is that if cities are planned with children in mind, the most vulnerable population, then cities are made safer for all, and… Read More “Shaping urbanization for children”: A handbook for planners – created with UNICEF
To download the manuals (in Spanish) click on the following links: Anexo 8 Manual para el Ciudadano; Anexo 7 Manual para el Legislador An English Translation of the Citizen’s Manual will be made available soon. Stay tuned!
This year’s presidential election in Mexico was heavily driven by strengthening the country’s flawed judicial system, corruption, and resolving years of tumultuous internal conflict with drug cartels. Violence and corruption made for a bloody election, which was swept by a wave of at least 145 political killings leading up to election day. Mexico’s president elect –… Read More The 2018 Presidential Election in Mexico was characterized by anti-corruption, justice, & the fight for democracy