Tag: Mexico

Faulty Studs Led to Mexico City Metro Collapse, Attorney General Says

MEXICO CITY — Poorly placed studs, clear design flaws and deficient welding led to a collapse in the capital’s metro system last spring that left 26 people dead and scores injured, the attorney general for Mexico City said Thursday in releasing the results of a monthslong investigation. The findings, detailed during a news conference, aligned […]

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Exuberant Art and Cable Car Can Lift a Poor, Violent Place Only So High

MEXICO CITY — Observed from a soaring cable car, the city is a sea of concrete stretching to the horizon, ruptured only by clusters of skyscrapers and the remains of ancient volcanoes. Some 60 feet below is the borough of Iztapalapa, a warren of winding streets and alleyways, its cinder block houses encasing the neighborhood’s […]

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At Mexico-U.S. Security Talks, Migration Question Is Largely Avoided

MEXICO CITY — The United States and Mexico began overhauling an aged security agreement on Friday to better confront the flow of criminal activity between the two nations, but officials at the high-level talks conspicuously sought to avoid focusing on the ever-growing migrant crisis on their shared border. It was a striking omission, given the […]

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Facebook’s Apps Went Down. The World Saw How Much It Runs on Them.

Elizabeth Mustillo, a cake maker in Mexico City, said the strangest thing happened on Monday: Her phone started to ring with orders. She was forced to talk, not text, with her clients. “It’s crazy,” said Ms. Mustillo. “No one ever calls anymore.” A decade ago, customers would come to Ms. Mustillo’s store with a drawing […]

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After Pastor in Mexico Evicts Nearly 200 Migrants, His Brother Welcomes Them All

MATAMOROS, Mexico — Over the summer, as migrants rushed into the Mexican border city of Matamoros, a local pastor lost his patience. The pastor, Víctor Barrientos, had already invited dozens of asylum seekers to live in his church, believing that was his religious duty as an evangelical Christian. But suddenly, it seemed to him, there […]

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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3-D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Square Feet Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in poverty. By Debra Kamin Pedro García Hernández, 48, is a carpenter in the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco, a rainforest-shrouded region of the country where about half of […]

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How an Architect’s Descendants Brought His Crumbling House Back to Life

IN THE MID-1940s, while serving as the director of public works in Guadalajara, Mexico, the architect Rafael Urzúa Arias slated the first two houses he had ever designed for demolition in order to widen what would become one of the city’s main roads. When the homes were finally torn down in 1952, colleagues asked why […]

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Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes

Estrella has long, wavy, jet-back hair. She tries to tame it with a thick-toothed comb in the backyard of her house, among the chickens, hammocks and looms. All around her, relatives come and go. It is November 2015, and Estrella is preparing for the annual festival called La Vela de las Auténticas Intrépidas Buscadoras del […]

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