OECD Territorial Reviews: Valle de México, Mexico

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This review finds that while Mexico has taken important steps in addressing the urban challenges in the Valle de México, Mexico’s largest metropolitan area, there is a need for major metropolitan governance reform.  Serious urban governance failings are inhibiting adequate responses to critical urban development priorities - regeneration, access to adequate housing, reliable and safe public transport, and environmental protection. Several measures are currently being implemented. However, these tools and reforms will not produce the desired solutions to urban problems in the absence of metropolitan thinking, strategic regional planning, and improved co-ordination and collaboration across levels of government.



Assessment and recommendations

The 2015 OECD Urban Policy Review of Mexico concluded that, as a highly urbanised nation, Mexico’s performance is closely tied to the functioning of its major cities and thereby to the quality of their governance. This study of the Valle de México also concludes that there is a need for major reform of metropolitan governance, to address the challenges in planning and urban development faced by the country’s largest metropolitan area.


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