Week 8 Tutorial: Santa Fe Metro Stops

The Santa Fe Metro stops are an intelligent application of public policy. As we can now see from the map, the areas with higher levels of income, access to education and gender equality are all better served by public transportation. Granting greater mobility to populations in th areas that do not have the highest indices in the mentioned categories, may be a step towards better quality of life overall for the residents of Santa Fe. Finally, the search function allows residents to look at their specific points of interest most served by the proposed sites in relation to local amenities and existing metro stops. This is all possible by simply entering a zip code.

A full version of the map is available here.

Tulum Raiders: Almost Live

Current Development Status: The Tulum Raiders are plugging away. We’ve revamped the look and feel of the cozy neighborhood portal to a sleeker minimalist design that demands respect. We’ve also added interactive features that allow users to map their own points in order to share their neighborhood knowledge with the entire community. When users select a point on the map, a window appears asking them if the point should appear green or red for assets and deficits, or as a magic wand, for community needs they would propose on a wish list. The Tulum Raiders store this data so that the community can access it anytime they visit the site. We hope this will inspire community members to think beyond the current status of their environment to what their neighborhoods could become. A quick pull down of the ‘orange guy’ icon to street view let’s viewers experience Tulum on the ground, while viewing the points they’ve listed. On the home page, users can now select different neighborhoods to see which their residence belongs to. This may come in handy for future civic engagement projects. We’ve also added a rotating photos slideshow to beautify and activate the site for viewer inspiration. In simplifying the site, we have also eliminated certain map viewing options so that viewers either see the “home” page with existing resources or the interactive “participate” page.

To Do’s: We are working on translating the entire site to Spanish in time for our focus group testing of the product. After our testing period, we’ll make any user interface modifications necessary to make this site run as smoothly as chocolate ice cream on a Tulum summer day. The photo slideshow is in an adjustment period, so that it can fit into a banner container along the top of the page, as displayed in the wire frames below. The weather function has been updated to a new, more reliable and expert looking source, however we are working on changing this tool to degrees Celsius. We are also working on the organization of the tabs so that the Data Source and About tabs are combined. Finally, an expert consultant is developing a table on a PHP server where user created data will be stored, enabling the sharing of information throughout the community.

Check out our final project proposal and wire frames below, and stay tuned for the live and tested site coming next week!

Final Project Proposal

Purpose of our website:

The Tulum Neighborhood Portal has two functions:

1) A one-stop neighborhood resource map for the citizens of the city of Tulum.

2) A tool for the citizens to participate in city planning by identifying places they like or that need improvement. Citizens can also suggests resources needed in the community.

Main functions:

1) Community resources: toggled by category, so viewers can turn them on or off at their viewing convenience.

2) Red/Green/Magic Wand: users can directly click the map to add three types of markers to “evaluate” their neighborhoods.

Red: Indicates an unsatisfactory area or asset that needs attention

Green: Indicates a positive asset in the community

Magic Wand: Indicates a non-existing, but desired asset

3) Twitter Widget: it does a live search and streams Tulum-related tweets. Citizens/public officials can advertise community events or announcements by including “Tulum” in their tweets to be listed in the widget. This allows them to reach Tulum- centered audience when tweeting about events happening in the city.

4) Picasa API: retrieve photos from Picasa album and show photos in slideshows. Pictures will be shown in the box below the title.

Updated Wireframes

*Note: Only 2 maps will be created: 1) Neighborhood Resources, 2) Maps to include red/green lights, and magic wand.


Education and Income Indices Around Metro Stops

Thanks to heightened interest in the site, we are able to bring you additional data. The metro stops will bring greater access to education and income, improving the overall quality of life for residents of Santa Fe.  The darker areas represent higher indices of access to education and income, depending on the toggled category.

A full version of the map is available here.

Santa Fe and Mexico City Metro Stops

The existing metro stops are congregated around the core of Mexico City. However, there are not any stops currently located in Santa Fe, which has grown since the early 1990’s and continues to attract people for both residence and work, from the Mexico City core. The proposed stops will connect to the westernmost existing stops of Mexico City, creating direct access to Santa Fe.

A full version of the map is available here.

Tulum Raiders: Group Introduction


A rapidly emerging Caribbean coastal town of 18,000 inhabitants, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico is a tourism hotspot. It only became a municipality in 2008, and since then has begun comprehensive urban planning efforts. However, resources are still being made available to the current and future communities of Tulum. The Urban Master Plan projects significant growth over the next five years that will more than double the size of the town. Organizations of community volunteers are in place and local residents are interested in benefiting their community. Success in local volunteer Red Cross programs shows that there is a strong commitment to community engagement. However, a centralized resource of information is not currently available in Tulum to facilitate dialogue and foster collaboration. The municipal staff has agreed that this resource is of high priority to the health of their growing communities, and they have engaged the Tulum Raiders in carrying out this objective.

Project Objectives

  1. Supporting Municipal Agendas: The neighborhood website will provide technical and social knowledge for use in updating the comprehensive Urban Master Plan and making other citywide investment decisions, so that the municipality considers the wealth of ecology and public interest, while fostering the economic growth vital to improving the quality of life for Tulumeños.
  2. Fostering Community Engagement: Community webpages will grant a platform for citizens to express ideas and concerns about their town, as well as a centralized place to collect information. When the website becomes widely accessed, citizens will use this resource as a virtual extension of their neighborhoods. Creating a sense of belonging and ownership of residents to their neighborhoods will increase security and improve these areas overall.
  3. Assessing the environmental impact of rapid urbanization: A town of 18,000 inhabitants, Tulum is growing rapidly with little attention to the impact on the environment. Not only is Tulum in a tropical forest and on a coastline, but it also sits on three interconnected fragile water ecosystems; the largest underground river system in the world, the mangrove forest and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Our team aims to map where population growth and infrastructural development is happening (by overlaying the geographical map) to identify vulnerable areas. As a community resource, this information will help to educate the public, as well as provide a reference tool for the Urban Planning staff in updating their Urban Master Plan as growth continues.

Final Product

Neighborhood Resource Portal


  1. Tulum Municipal Offices
  2. Residents of Tulum

Group Members and Roles

Lisa Glancy, Project Manager

Lisa Glancy is a Mexican American native of Seattle, WA. She studied at the University of Washington before moving to Mexico City for many years. She then worked as a Divemaster in Tulum, on the Mexican Caribbean coast, where she fell in love with the community and their intricate connection to the natural environment. Lisa is currently completing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at the UCLA, while continuing to work on projects in Tulum. She is producing a documentary film there, coordinating an environmentally sustainable mixed-use development and also conducting asset and deficit mapping with the municipal government and international partners. She hopes that projects such as these will benefit communities like Tulum in environmentally sustainable economic growth.

Paola Bassignana, Community Engagement Specialist

 Paola Bassignana is a born-and-raised Southern Californian of Ecuadorian decent. Her strong family ties to her parents’ native country instilled an interest in travel, culture, and international development from a young age. She studied International Relations and Italian at the University of California, Santa Barbara and furthered her Italian studies at the University of Padua, Italy. Paola has experience working in the non-profit sector and has a particular career interest in international development. After spending time post graduation squandering her modest savings on travel and interning in Washington DC, Paola decided she would be more useful in the field as an urban planner. She is currently a student in the M.A. of Urban and Regional Planning program at UCLA.

Grace Phillips, Web Designer and Blogger

Grace was born in Echo Park and has lived in many states since. She grew up on the Amtrak line between Philadelphia and Boston, with some allegiance to the Hudson River Line.  After getting a degree in Chinese (none of which she remembers, so please don’t ask her anything in Chinese and potentially embarrass her) and geography from Princeton and Columbia, she worked in many different industries.  Her most recent career as a sustainable landscape designer led her to get her MA from UCLA in Regional and Urban Planning focusing on public spaces and infrastructure.  She tends to focus obsessively on how urban public spaces and public infrastructure impact human health.

Yumiko Ota, Sustainable Growth Specialist

Yumi is from Tokyo, Japan. Her background is in international development. Before coming to UCLA she worked as a consultant and participated in several infrastructural and economic development projects in Asia and Africa. Her speciality is in community development, participatory development, and informal economy. She is interested in sustainable urban growth by creating development plans that are environmentally sound and sufficiently accommodate residents’ needs.

Proposed Metro Stops: Connecting Santa Fe to Mexico City

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.