How Mexico City’s Outer Housing Projects Give Way to Changing Needs

Building a structure on the allotted space for parking in Galaxia offers families space to launch businesses, sublet space to other entrepreneurs, or simply to have as private space.

Continuing his quest to document Mexico City, its neighborhoods and its 22 million inhabitants through writing, mapping, data visualization, photography and video, Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow Michael Waldrep shares pictures and observations about the urban center’s Galaxia subdivision, built in an era when the middle class aspiration was to own a certain type of single family house with room for a car. But as times and needs change, so does the city, morphing into a new landscape that reflects modern needs.

Galaxia, the subdivision of Cuautitlán in which I spent December, with its paved driveways and wide main boulevard, was designed for cars. It was developed by a government looking to international trends in an era when Mexico’s growing middle class optimistic architectural image of prosperity wasn’t the Modernist towers of Tlaltelolco, but the single family home.

The typical home of around 600 square feet is enough for many, such as those that might already have their children living out of the house, or those with a household size around the average of about four. For others, the size of the average standard home designed by the local firm —> Read More Here


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