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January 8, 2013

Can multi-million-dollar makeover soften Mexico City's urban sprawl?

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON
Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The plan is as big as this mammoth city: Turn a seedy metro hub into Mexico City's Times Square; clear swarms of feisty vendors and remodel the historic Alameda Central; illuminate the plazas and walkways of a park twice the size of New York's Central Park.

Mexico City's government is trying to transform one of the world's largest cities by beautifying public spaces, parks and monuments buried beneath a sea of honking cars, street hawkers, billboards and grime following decades of dizzying urban growth.


 
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