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Making Cities Work
First broadcast June 2006

It is projected that in the next 50 years two thirds of humanity will live in cities

Architecture critic Dejan Sudjic presents a four part series which looks at cutting edge solutions for transport and housing as well as ways of making cities cleaner and more liveable.

Part One: Mexico City - The choking city

This vast megacity of nearly 20 million people suffers from polluted air, dense traffic, water shortage, endemic crime and social problems - daunting challenges for the most optimistic city planner.

Recorded at the time of a major international conference held to discuss the challenges facing Mexico's mega city, we investigate quality of life in the inner city and what is/can be done to improve air quality, freedom of movement and the desirability of living in the centre of a city that dramatically declined after an earthquake in the 1980s.

Hear how investment in the public realm and action on public transport can revive both the economic and the social fortunes of the Mexican capital.


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