Americas Program: Somber Mexico City March Commemorates Ayotzinapa Anniversary

Tuesday marked three years since the search began for the 43 students disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero. It also marked one week since dozens of families began searching for their loved ones trapped in collapsed buildings after the September 19th earthquake. In a silent march from the Angel of Independence to the “Anti-Monument” to the disappeaared students at the intersection of Reforma and Bucareli, the Ayotzinapa families and hundreds of supporters sent a message of solidarity to earthquake victims and a clear signal that they have…Continue Reading “Americas Program: Somber Mexico City March Commemorates Ayotzinapa Anniversary”

Cycling Tips: How Mexico City cyclists are using bicycles to aid earthquake victims

MEXICO CITY (CT) — Residents of earthquake-damaged Mexico City have a new reason to embrace bicycles — they’re helping repair lives. On a Tuesday afternoon earlier this month, a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked the Mexican capital. The timing was uncanny — it had been 32 years to the day since an 8.0 magnitude earthquake left 10,000 people dead, 30,000 injured, over 400 buildings demolished, and thousands homeless. The death toll of the recent September 19 earthquake was significantly lower, with just over 300 fatalities (180…Continue Reading “Cycling Tips: How Mexico City cyclists are using bicycles to aid earthquake victims”

CityLab: A Brigade of Architects and Engineers Rushed to Assess Earthquake Damage in Mexico City

I reported for CityLab on the volunteer architects and engineers who are assessing thousands of buildings damaged in Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake. “On Tuesday, September 19, Mexico City’s architectural cultural center, in the Condesa neighborhood, was confirming the final reservations for an inauguration that evening of a new exhibit: ‘Mexico City: 1985 Earthquake.’ The exhibit at La Casa del Arquitecto, the House of the Architect, marked the 32nd anniversary of Mexico’s most devastating earthquake in the past century. Then, at 1:14 p.m., everything began to…Continue Reading “CityLab: A Brigade of Architects and Engineers Rushed to Assess Earthquake Damage in Mexico City”

Truthout: Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water

I have a feature up today on Truthout. “The water is disappearing in San Felipe Ecatepec, an Indigenous town three miles outside of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, in southern Mexico. ‘In the past four years, our wells have started drying up,’ says Juan Urbano, who just finished a three-year term this February as the president of the Communal Territory of San Felipe Ecatepec. ‘People sometimes walk two hours a day to get water. Others have to buy their water.’ Where is all the…Continue Reading “Truthout: Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water”

CityLab Latino: Uber aporta millones al gobierno de la Ciudad de México pero no se sabe qué se hace con ese dinero

Investigué sobre Uber y los otros servicios de transporte privado en CDMX y si están cumpliendo con sus obligaciones legales. “Hace más de dos años, Ciudad de México comenzó a regular a Uber y otras aplicaciones de transporte privado. En una de las ciudades más contaminadas y con más tráfico del continente, estas empresas recibieron el permiso del gobierno de operar casi sin frenos: solo necesitan registrar el vehículo y aportar un 1.5% de la tarifa de cada viaje a un fondo de movilidad”. El…Continue Reading “CityLab Latino: Uber aporta millones al gobierno de la Ciudad de México pero no se sabe qué se hace con ese dinero”

Culinary Backstreets: El Trapiche- Home Away from Honduras

At 2 p.m., the lunch rush begins at El Trapiche, a restaurant along Mexico City’s chaotic Avenida Revolución. Two women arrive from a nearby office and ask for the set lunch menu, comida corrida, that El Trapiche serves for 60 pesos (or around $3.30). “Today we have baleadas,” says Lilian Mendoza Rivera, El Trapiche’s owner and manager. “Is that like a sope?” one of the women asks, referring to a corn-based Mexican dish, also topped with beans. “No, they’re better,” says Lilian, “Try it.” I…Continue Reading “Culinary Backstreets: El Trapiche- Home Away from Honduras”

PRI The World: Mexican women stand up to cyberattacks and vicious digital violence

MEXICO CITY– Indira Cornelio stands before two dozen women crowded into a downtown Mexico City community center. She has a question for them. “How many of you have had to purge your Facebook page?” she asks. “You know, deleting photos, unfriending people you don’t know.” After a pause, almost every woman’s hand up goes up. Nervous laughter spreads across the room. On a rainy Thursday afternoon, the Facebook Anonymous workshop, organized by the Ciberseguras (“Cyber-secure women”) collective, is packed. The workshop opens with the attendees, women in…Continue Reading “PRI The World: Mexican women stand up to cyberattacks and vicious digital violence”

Cambio: Los Necios del Tepeyac

“En 2010 cuando empezamos, lo único que queríamos era poner unos arbolitos”, dice Alejandra Villar. Está sentada junto a su esposo Germán Martínez, en el Parque Nacional El Tepeyac, y contemplan el área que han vuelto a llenar de árboles nativos de cazahuate y de copal. En siete años, han plantado entre 2 000 y 3 000 árboles en el Cerro del Tepeyac, con el apoyo de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (Conanp), la Comisión de Recursos Naturales de la Ciudad de México (Corena-CDMX)…Continue Reading “Cambio: Los Necios del Tepeyac”

Revista Cambio: ¿Basura? No… Energía

“‘Primero, soy productor de nopal’, dice Luis Dirceo Alvarado Ramírez, de la mesa directiva del Centro de Acopio del Nopal-Verdura en Milpa Alta. Y es que ahora los nopaleros de Milpa Alta también son pioneros en la tecnología sustentable. En junio, abrieron en el Centro de Acopio la primera planta de biodigestión anaeróbica de residuos orgánicos en el país, donde transforman desechos del nopal para producir biogás, energía eléctrica y biofertilizante. La empresa Sustentabilidad en Energía y Medio Ambiente (Suema) construyó la planta, con apoyo…Continue Reading “Revista Cambio: ¿Basura? No… Energía”

CityLab Latino: En Ciudad de México, la mejor aliada de una ciclista es otra ciclista

La brecha de género no solo existe en los sueldos, sino también en el uso de la bicicleta. Agrupaciones que promueven el ciclismo están haciendo talleres de mecánica y organizan rodadas, pero falta promoción desde el gobierno. “Cada vez que salgo en bicicleta, al menos una persona me dice algo”, se lamenta Gaby Cruz, 28, residente de Ciudad de México. “Hace poco, yo iba sobre una avenida en mi bici y un viejito venía en su bici en contrasentido… Yo pensé ‘no le voy a…Continue Reading “CityLab Latino: En Ciudad de México, la mejor aliada de una ciclista es otra ciclista”