Mexico is the 14th largest country in the world (by area, 11th
by population, 14th by GDP, 11th GDP parity) and the largest
Spanish-speaking country. Much has been said on the news but while some
parts of Mexico have been affected by drug-related violence (in their
way to the U.S. the largest illegal drug market in the world), safety in
Mexico City is not different to other cities in North America and Asia
and visitors should not particularly worry. Mexico City has a crime rate
of 22 per 100K people, comparable to Pennsylvania and not far from
Philadelphia’s (16) or Washington, DC (15), far below the city of
Detroit (43.5) and way far from many other cities in Latin America
including Rio de Janeiro. Mexico City does not make the top 50 in the
world rankings of cities with the highest homicide rates—-a list
including New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore and St. Louis. Mexico is the
10th. most visited country with almost 30 million visitors every year
from around the world (UNWTO 2015).
Pollution: Mexico City pollution has since dropped significantly, as the city has become a model for dramatically lowering pollution levels by investing in clean public transportation and renewing and regulating the use of cars. By 2014, carbon monoxide pollution had dropped dramatically, while levels of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide were nearly three times lower than in 1992. The levels of signature pollutants in Mexico City are currently similar to those of Los Angeles.
Transportation: Mexico City has one of the most efficient and largest subway systems in the world transporting 4.5 million people every day with 12 lines and almost 200 metro stations covering most of the city. The conference is being held in one of the modern hubs in Mexico City (if you watched the latest James Bond movie Spectre, the conference venue is on the same skyscrapers avenue as shown at the end of the movie introhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AevTy_plE0w).
History: Mexico’s capital is both the oldest capital city in the Americas and the capital of the Aztecs, an ancient metropolis founded in 1325 under the name Tenochtitlan (of which ruins are still visible in the very center of the city close to the conference venue) subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the highest Spanish urban standards (described by von Humboldt as the ‘city of palaces’ ‘rivaling any European city’). In 1524, it became the capital of the Spanish Empire in the Americas controlling almost half of the continent from Guatemala to Texas. Today it is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world, the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most populated in the world with more than 20 million inhabitants (according to some lists only next to Tokyo).
Culture: London and Mexico City compete for the greatest number of museums. They range from the charming Frida Kahlo museum to the National Museum of Anthropology displaying the Aztec calendar in an astonishing classical Mexican architecture building. The latest addition to the list of museums is the futuristic building Soumaya Museum with national and European masterpieces. Mexican food is the only cuisine in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List (not your Tex-Mex favorite restaurant). Mexico City concentrates all types of food from all the corners of Mexico.
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