Slowly, native culture seems to be emerging from the shadows.
“We could solve the subsistence problem ourselves without asking anything of the government...” says an owner of 12 chinampas. “If things continue like this the chinampa economy will have disappeared completely in 20 years.”
A glimpse into the often maligned and rarely appreciated police forces that manage the megacity.
A profession that dates back to Aztec times, most today are indigenous farmers on the grey divide between migration and seasonal work in the city.
Religious events help maintain organizational frameworks and a sense of identity in the formerly rural and mostly indigenous areas that now form Iztapalapa—Mexico City’s largest district. There’s honor to be had for the few who get to organize such events.
Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl was developed on top of the swampy remains of Lake Texoco by dubious subdividers after World War II. Thanks to some of its earliest residents, “Neza” has become a thriving hub of culture and commerce with running water and paved roads just outside Mexico’s capital.
Every day, workers across the region endure some of the world’s most crowded streets and subway cars for higher wages in the city center.
The inner-city barrios have had female leaders for decades.