Urban Planning and Mobility

The Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico (ZMVM) has more than 20 million inhabitants and according to CONAPO, it is projected to grow by 13 percent between 2010 and 2030. New regulatory frameworks such as the General Law for Human Settlements, Land Use Planning and Urban Development and the new Mexico City Constitution will mold the future development of the city’s infrastructure as it attempts to keep up. Apart from Mexico City, Queretaro, Guadalajara and Puebla are growing at exponential rates. These burgeoning cities must learn from the mistakes of Mexico City to ensure they flourish in an orderly and inclusive manner. Mobility is a priority and developing efficient mass transport systems will be the main challenge the country’s developing cities will face.

Throughout this chapter, experts discuss the challenges the country’s urban hubs will confront to provide decent living spaces for its growing population. Mexico’s COP21 commitment also demands the implementation of new mobility strategies, which must be accompanied by infrastructure that interconnects not only neighborhoods but cities and states.