Walking Towards Mexico’s Corporate Edge City

Carretera Mexico - Toluca — photo by author, click to enlarge
Carretera Mexico – Toluca — photo by author, click to enlarge

Santa Fe is Mexico City’s Edge City – a rapidly growing office park on the outskirts of an extant metropolitan area. Located along a major highway out of the city, the site (some 12 miles from the center) was once a landfill, and with significant investment from the city and federal governments, it was transformed into the metro area’s largest office district. It is host to Latin America’s third largest mall, the Centro Santa Fe, the main campus of the prestigious Universidad Iberoamericana, and major offices of such large corporations as Grupo Bimbo, Coca-Cola, Ford, Roche, and Chrysler.

From my home, Santa Fe is about a 10-mile walk, so I decided to wake up early one morning this week and set out. Below are some images of that walk. Pictured is major boulevard of the city center, the Paseo de la Reforma, which is currently undergoing it’s own skyscraper boom.

Paseo de la Reforma — photo by author, click to enlarge
Torre BBVA Bancomer, Paseo de la Reforma — photo by author, click to enlarge
Torre BBVA Bancomer, Paseo de la Reforma — photo by author, click to enlarge

Further on, I passed through las Lomas Virreyes, an old, elite residential district of the city, where the majority of street life are bodyguards sitting in idling armored cars outside of sheer walls and security cameras.

Lomas Virreyes — photo by author, click to enlarge
Lomas Virreyes — photo by author, click to enlarge
Lomas Virreyes — photo by author, click to enlarge
Lomas Virreyes — photo by author, click to enlarge

The Paseo de la Reforma, which —> Read More

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