Luxury Worlds within Mexico City

Club House of the Bosque Real country club residential area

Club House of the Bosque Real country club residential area

upper-middle class gated community

upper-middle class gated community

working class subdivision

working class subdivision

Continuing with the idea of isolated little worlds, within Mexico city I am interested in researching the essence of the gated community as ‘endomed’ worlds within the greater city.

Mexico has both the largest population of gated community dwellers in the world and the largest number of gated community dwellers as a percentage of national population. It is estimated that there are 56.8 million Mexicans living in gated communities as of 2010. Gated communities in Mexico are a result of the huge income gap existing in the country. A 2008 study found that the average income in an urban area of Mexico was $26,654 while the average income in rural areas (sometimes just a short distance away) was only $8,403. This close a proximity of wealth and poverty has created a large security risk for Mexico’s middle class.

Many gated communities in Mexico have fully independent and self-contained infrastructure, such as schools, water and power facilities, security and fire forces, and medical facilities. Some of the larger gated communities even retain their own school districts and police departments. The Interlomas area of Mexico City contains hundreds of gated communities and is the largest concentration of gated communities in the world, stretching over 140 square kilometres (54 sq mi).

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