With a metropolitan population of 21 million and counting, you can imagine that Mexico City generated a lot of trash in the 20th century. To deal with disposal of this waste, in the 1960’s Mexico created landfills in at capacity sand mines to the southeast of the city. When these former mines reached capacity again 30 years later, this time refilled with trash, the city found a new use for the site. President Salinas de Gortari (1988–1994), began construction of Santa Fe, designed as a peripheral city built atop the landfills of Mexico City. Today, Santa Fe is the financial and advanced technology district of Mexico City, with a limited population of high economic status.
The exclusivity of Santa Fe is exacerbated by the design of the city, which is highly vehicle oriented. As it was intended as a small adjunct to the capital, transportation to this area is limited to a few entering and bypassing highways. Informal public transportation characteristic of Mexico City, does enter this region, such as collective vans and small buses. However, these modes of transportation are often unsafe, unpredictable and highly detrimental to the environment as the overworked vehicles do not undergo emissions testing. Surely with the impressive tax revenue generated by the financial and high technology industries, Santa Fe can afford to invest in public transportation infrastructure to serve a wider public.
The business generated in Santa Fe extends into all sectors of the economy. Jobs are generated by these industries that attract a broad population from surrounding neighborhoods and even as far reaching as the neighboring city of Toluca, on a daily basis. However, these individuals do not have a secure and efficient means by which to access the opportunities available in Santa Fe. In order to benefit a broader public and to ensure to sustained growth and success of Santa Fe, this region must become more greatly accessible to the public.
The following map displays five locations that I would recommend for the initial expansion of the Mexico City Metro to most effectively meet transportation needs. Those sites are Paseo de la Reforma, Downtown Santa Fe, Bosques de Laureles, Lomas de San Pedro and Parque Tarango. In the map, a brief explanation accompanies each of these sites.
The full version of this map is available here.