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.



Housing and urban regeneration policies for the Valle de México

This chapter assesses the most pressing housing and urban development challenges in the Valle de México: rapid urban expansion, infrastructure gaps, limited affordable housing in the centre and a large quantity of abandoned housing in peripheral areas. It then proposes two strategies to improve housing and urban development in the metropolitan zone. The first strategy is to improve quality of life and well-being in existing neighbourhoods through integrated urban regeneration strategies. The second is to guide future housing and urban development through a more co-ordinated metropolitan approach. Such an approach could include: 1) facilitating development in the city centre; 2) placing a stronger emphasis on rental housing to relieve affordable housing pressures; and 3) planning for – rather than restricting – growth in strategic peripheral areas.


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