Watch Urban Growth Unfold in these Amazing Visualizations from Cities Worldwide by embarqnetwork

Mexico City is one example of a long history of urban sprawl in Mexican cities due to relaxed regulations and shortsighted policies. National housing policy in the late 1900s encouraged developers to overbuild housing on urban peripheries in an effort grow the Mexican economy. Many people living on the edge of Mexican cities have little or no access to public transport, employment opportunities, education and health services. In Mexico City, sprawling development has increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 70% , and is responsible for USD 2.5 billion (33 billion pesos) annually in lost economic productivity. Some signs point towards a shift in development strategy in Mexican cities. For example, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a strategy for urban development and housing that aims to create more compact and accessible cities.

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