What is it about?
Inequality in Mexico City and other cities continues to grow. This paper examines how the construction of megaprojects and large buildings to attract tourists and investments worsens that inequality. It asks how aggressive policing criminalizes the poor and worsens inequality. It asks how investors commercialize traditional cultural icons, such as Day of the Dead, to make money.
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Why is it important?
Inequality in cities continues to worsen around the world. Police play a central role in maintaining this inequality. Paradoxically, more money is flowing into cities than ever. This paper shows the role that this influx of money and new construction projects plays in displacing poor residents and the role the police play in this inequality. It also asks how investors in Mexico City commercialize cultural and historical icons, such as The Day of the Dead or Aztec Pyramids, to make money.
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This page is a summary of: Towards an icon model of gentrification: Global capitalism, policing, and the struggle for iconic spaces in Mexico City, Urban Studies, February 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0042098018813065.
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