80.6 F
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Mayor at Harvard to discuss Mérida growth

Latest headlines

Another bus catches fire in Mérida, raising safety concerns

A short circuit in the electrical systems of a passenger bus has been blamed for yet another fire on Mérida’s roads. 

Horse collapses from exhaustion in ‘Magical Town’ of Izamal

The collapse of a horse pulling a tourist carriage in Izamal has reignited the debate surrounding animal welfare in Yucatán. 

Journalists under siege in Mexico, demand action from authorities

Journalists across the country joined coordinated demonstrations to protest the murder of their colleagues.

Moving to Mérida has changed my relationship with color

Photo: File I’ve always had a strange relationship with color. It’s not a thing our family embraced when...
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

merida harvard
Mayor Vila listens to Harvard grad students present their ideas on handling Mérida’s population growth. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Mérida

Harvard University’s graduate school has made Mérida a class project. An entire course this semester has been devoted to studying contemporary Mérida and devising ideas for maintaining its citizens’ quality of life.

Now, with the semester winding down, the mayor is visiting Harvard today to review and discuss the students’ findings.

The university’s graduate school of design describes their focus as placing “students in the center of the debate about social housing design and affordability in Mexico.”

Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal and the director of the Municipal Planning Institute (Implan), Edgardo Bolio Arceo, will be special guests of the university to respond to the results of the yet-unpublished study “Housing in Mérida, Urban and Territorial.”

All travel expenses and lodging in Boston are being covered by Harvard.

Photo: Ayuntamiento de Mérida
Photo: Ayuntamiento de Mérida

In February, Harvard researcher Diane E. Davis and a group of 30 students visited Mérida. They interviewed several architects, officials and real estate developers.

Davis is chairwoman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and the author of Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century.

Social change has been constant since the henequen-based economy collapsed with the invention of nylon in 1938. In the last 30 years, the metropolitan area has grown from 444,000 to over a million inhabitants, while also multiplying in developed land area almost five times.

“This has strained local infrastructure, established the territorial conditions for environmental unsustainability, and relegated poorer residents to the periphery in ways that have reinforced social exclusion, exacerbated income segregation, and threatened the cultural and natural habitats of the city and its surrounding towns,” according to the course description.

These are among the dilemmas the students will address in their final report.

This is the fifth overseas trip for the mayor, and the third just this year. His official travels took him to New York in March, and have also taken him to Chile, Germany and Canada.

{ Related: Our 2014 story Harvard and UADY discussing clean energy. }


- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

10 arrested in Valladolid after illegal cockfights are busted up

Ten people, including at least one minor, were arrested in Valladolid for their involvement in organizing illegal cockfights. 

Rails for the Mayan Train are being laid near Chichén Itzá

Rails are now being laid near Chichén Itzá for the first tests of the Mayan Train.

The story of the “many Méridas”

Many people living in Mérida, Yucatán are vaguely aware that the city shares its name with other communities around the world. But the specifics surrounding how and why Yucatán’s capital got its name are unknown to most. 

A leak in a Tabasco Pemex oil pipeline causes disastrous fire

A massive fire sparked by a leaking oil duct has created massive environmental damage in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. 

Untrained tour guides compete for tourist dollars in Chichén Itzá

Arguments between tour guides at Chichén Itzá have on rare occasions even resulted in fights and physical violence. Photo: Carlos Rosado...

Joya de Cerén — The Pompeii of the Americas

The volcano which stood less than one mile from Joya de Cerén, sent huge amounts of debris flying through the air. It ultimately buried the village under four to eight meters (13 to 26 feet) of ash and rock. 

A stunning 5,425 new COVID cases in a week

Residents make use of a hand-washing station installed in the Centro. Photo: Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Booster shots arrive for Mérida residents between 40-59

Booster shots for Mérida residents in their 40s and 50s arrived Friday. Photo: Courtesy A military plane with...

Mexico celebrates International Mariachi Day

Mariachis in Mexico and around the world celebrate International Mariachi Day observed every Jan 21. 

Marines to take over security at Mérida and Cancún airports

Mexico's Marines will be taking control of seven airports across the country, with  Mérida and Cancún among them.