The New Face of Government Housing in Mexico City’s Suburbs

 

Picnickers relax on a hillside above an INFONAVIT neighborhood encroaching into the Sierra de Guadalupe range to the north of Mexico City — Photo by author, click to enlarge

Though we’re entering into the season where this city seems to get rain every single afternoon, I’ve been running around to many corners of the city for the last several weeks, speaking to more people living in Mexico City’s suburbs, and photographing the surroundings. This post is a follow-up of sorts to my experience living in Galaxia, Cuautitlán. Here I’ve collected some views of other government-funded constructions throughout the city: single family, mass-produced homes that, despite all appearances, are the descendants of the city’s modernist dreams at Tlatelolco and elsewhere.

As always, you can find more consistent updates on my Instagram and I welcome all feedback and comments below.

 “Smile, thief, we’re watching you and if we catch you, we’ll lynch you.” A common sign in the city's suburbs, pictured here in Cuautitlán.
“Smile, thief, we’re watching you and if we catch you, we’ll lynch you.” A common sign in the city’s suburbs, pictured here in Cuautitlán — Photo by author, click to enlarge
Dawn over Villas de Real, a subdivision in Mexico City’s northeastern reaches, along the freeway to Pachuca
Dawn over Villas de Real, a subdivision in Mexico City’s northeastern reaches, along the freeway to Pachuca — Photo by author, click to enlarge
A view of several INFONAVIT-funded neighborhoods in Ixtapaluca, taken from an archeological site above
A view of several INFONAVIT-funded neighborhoods in Ixtapaluca, taken from an archeological site above — Photo by author, click to enlarge
A water tower in Geovillas Santa Barbara, in Ixtapaluca, far to the east of the DF. Water shortages are extremely common throughout the region.
A water tower in Geovillas Jesus María, in Ixtapaluca, far to the east of the DF. Water shortages are extremely common throughout the region — Photo by author, click to enlarge
A single INFONAVIT development stands out from a sea of informal, unfinished concrete construction in Ecatepec
A single INFONAVIT development stands out from a sea of informal, unfinished concrete construction in Ecatepec — Photo by author, click to enlarge
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Saplings and homes without visible modification mark this block in Las Américas, Ecatepec, as one of the newest subdivisions in Mexico City — Photo by author, click to enlarge

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Los Angeles native Michael Waldrep is a documentary filmmaker, multimedia artist and researcher, currently in Mexico City to document the city, its neighborhoods and its 22 million inhabitants through writing, mapping, data visualization, photography and video. He is one of five inaugural Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows.