December 28, 2012
Pedestrians stand in front of the Arch of the Revolution monument in Mexico City. The once-neglected plaza with an Arc de Triumph-style monument to Mexico’s 1910 revolution has been remade from a homeless encampment to a place where families visit and children run through spurts of water gushing out of the pavement. Mexico City’s government is trying to transform one of the world’s largest cities by beautifying public spaces, parks and monuments.
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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.