Urban beaches established in Mexico City
April 18, 2007
Four ‘urban oases’ have been opened in areas of Mexico City (Mexico) with high densification.
Modeled on the famous riverside beaches in Paris and Rome, the beaches have drawn local residents to splash in paddling pools and build sand castles, play beach volleyball, and laze on sun beds. A tropical element has been added by coconuts arranged artistically under trees, and popular music piped in to add to the festive atmosphere.
With the minimum daily wage under US$ 4.00 (two pesos), there are many who can’t afford to leave the city for the coast during the warm weather months.
“The idea”, says the mayor of Mexico City, Mr. Marcelo Ebrard, “is to let the poor have some fun too.”
Local governments, residents and businesses can all profit from the development of dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods. These measures save green spaces and money by cutting fuel, utility, infrastructure, and service delivery costs. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
Urban form – in particular residential and employment densities – influence local energy consumption. Cities with higher population densities can take advantage of efficient ways to distribute energy and heat, and utilize transportation modes that are more energy-efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
Mexico City is one of 25 local governments in the Latin America and Caribbean region that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its programs in Mexico, please visit www.iclei.org/mexico.
Source: “Urban beach lets city’s poor enjoy taste of Acapulco”, The Guardian, 5 April 2007.
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