On a gray November afternoon for those of us in the northeastern United States, a few colorful images from New World cities of non-Anglophone origin:
Rio De Janeiro (favela)
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas:
Cuautla, Morelos (typical small town Mexico):
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala:
Beautiful. It's easy to forget that so many of the great cities in Latin America pre-date our own here in the USA. And paradoxical that a lot of them are in much better shape than places like Detroit, Cleveland, etc despite much lower median incomes. Really shows how destructive auto-centric development decisions can be.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Brian -- love those! Mexico is a treasure trove of Old Urbanism.ReplyDelete
Motowntotreetown: I agree -- the old centers of these cities remain the best-kept and most well-to-do areas, for the most part. There is plenty of poverty to be found on the fringes, but plenty of decent affordable housing as well, especially in Mexico.