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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.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

Across OECD countries, globalisation is increasingly testing the capacity of regional economies to adapt and exploit their competitive advantages, while also offering new opportunities for regional development. This is leading national and regional authorities to rethink their development strategies. As a result of decentralisation, central governments no longer have the sole responsibility for development policies, and different levels of government have to work effectively together to improve public service delivery. Metropolitan areas, because of their critical economic and environmental importance, are receiving particular attention. Metropolitan regions are the engines of social, economic and cultural development, and their dynamism - or lack thereof – has an impact on the overall national economic development agenda.

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