Yale E360: Indigenous Maize- Who Owns the Rights to Mexico’s ‘Wonder’ Plant?

Last week Yale E360, an environmental outlet based at Yale University, published my feature story on the miraculous maize of Totontepec, Oaxaca. The story was also supported by the Food and Environment Reporting Network. This story developed over the past five months, from a personal curiosity into a full-fledged investigation that took me to small-town Oaxaca, Mexico City bureaucrat offices, and a rural research institute. At the heart of the story is a question– “A nitrogen-fixing maize grown in an indigenous region of Mexico has…Continue Reading “Yale E360: Indigenous Maize- Who Owns the Rights to Mexico’s ‘Wonder’ Plant?”

ArchPaper: SO – IL is building a social housing prototype in the heart of Mexico

I wrote for The Architect’s Newspaper about a new social housing prototype in León, Guanajuato. “For many in Mexico, the phrase “social housing” conjures images of vast housing tracts falling into disrepair, abandoned by workers tired of two-hour commutes. While architects and planners look back to understand what went wrong in the country’s early-2000s push to build affordable housing on city outskirts, authorities and designers are also looking ahead to explore alternative strategies.” Read the full story here. Photo courtesy of SO – IL

I reported for The Verge on the risks facing Uber Eats delivery workers in Mexico. Just since November, five Uber Eats couriers have been killed in crashes, and countless more injured. Uber’s insurance policy falls short. “A pattern emerged in riders’ stories: those who called for help from Uber’s insurance were told their injuries would not be covered, or the insurance company never arrived to the scene of the crash. In Querétaro, Alex Loyola called for help when he was hit by a car, but…Continue Reading “The Verge: Deaths and injuries don’t slow Uber Eats’ rapid expansion in Mexico”

CityLab: The Restaurant at the Center of a Gentrification War

I wrote for CityLab about the Trevi building in Mexico City and what it tells us about displacement and gentrification in downtown neighborhoods. MEXICO CITY—The Trevi is a six-story apartment building overlooking Alameda Central, an iconic park in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico neighborhood. On its ground floor there’s a time-worn little Italian restaurant, Cafetería Trevi, from which the building takes its unofficial name. With its red-vinyl banquettes and vintage neon signage, Cafetería Trevi looks like a time capsule of Mexico City’s past. But since last…Continue Reading “CityLab: The Restaurant at the Center of a Gentrification War”

Dissent: Mexican Labor Reawakens

Strikes at factories along the U.S.-Mexico border point to a new era for labor organizing in Mexico. “’The movement was the catalyst that we needed,’ Juan Luis Gaytán said, standing outside the Arca Continental plant in Matamoros, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Gaytán works at Arca Continental, the Coca Cola production and distribution plant for the region. That morning, the workers at the plant were on strike, among the thousands of workers who have gone on strike in Matamoros since the…Continue Reading “Dissent: Mexican Labor Reawakens”

Culinary Backstreets: Mexico City State of the Stomach 2019

I wrote a new State of the Stomach about Mexico City for Culinary Backstreets. Instead of a straightforward review, this article looks at the larger trends shaping how the city eats. I touch on tlayudas, NAFTA, native corn and rising rents in this article. “As Mexico City grapples with a changing urban landscape and the culinary world caters to the city’s new arrivals, the question now is whether everyday Mexicans will benefit from this resurgence of traditional Mexican cuisine and small-scale agriculture. Could native corn…Continue Reading “Culinary Backstreets: Mexico City State of the Stomach 2019”

CityLab: Mexico’s ‘Mayan Train’ Is Bound for Controversy

I wrote for CityLab about Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador’s ambitious plan to build a passenger train around the Yucatan Peninsula. Boondoggle or tourism boon? I’ll let you read and make your own verdict. “On December 16, two weeks after his inauguration, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stood alongside politicians, businesspeople, and representatives of Mayan indigenous communities outside Palenque, Chiapas, in southern Mexico. Smoke rose from traditional copal incense chalices as the president-elect oversaw a Mayan ritual asking Mother Earth for permission to build his…Continue Reading “CityLab: Mexico’s ‘Mayan Train’ Is Bound for Controversy”