New government, old challenges

Claudia Sheinbaum takes office as Mexico City's mayor today; she is facing big challenges in regards to mobility, housing, environmental issues, among many others

New government, old challenges
Claudia Sheinbaum - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 05/12/2018 09:22 Mexico City Newspaper Leader Actualizada 09:27
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Mexico City is the country's economic powerhouse, as well as the financial and political heart of the nation. Therefore, what happens in the capital affects, in different ways, the rest of the country.

Mexico City's new government is facing a huge challenge. The incoming administration received a city with serious security, environment, mobility, housing, and economic issues. In an atmosphere of change, such as the reigning one, the biggest challenge will be to regain the citizens' trust and reduce inequality.

Claudia Sheinbaum won the local election, under Morena's wing, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's party. This affinity could be beneficial for Mexico City's inhabitants in terms of coordination and federal support.

The citizen's perception of insecurity increased in the last years, in the same way in which the active presence and operation of criminal bands in different parts of the city were proven. These phenomenons have to be faced and neutralized as soon as possible.

Another pending issue is the strengthening of the rule of law, which implies taking action in regards to street vendors; they will have to improve the development conditions for small formal businesses. In depth, it's essential to promote a new civic culture based on mutual respect.

Despite Mexico City's economic strength, it's necessary to reduce the obvious inequality gap among the city's inhabitants. The new mobility policies force us to look beyond cars, to strengthen the use of mass public transport and other alternatives, such as bicycles. The Metro's situation, for example, is deplorable.

Some other areas where the incoming administration will have work on are the local environment's sustainability, as well as guaranteeing the water supply. The reconstruction agenda is pending, after the September 2017 earthquakes, which affected thousands of families and hundreds of buildings. These families are still waiting for official support.

The new government's challenge is that Mexico City is not only productive and touristic but also creating spaces where the inhabitants can develop and contribute to the common good. Claudia Sheinbaum's success will be reflected in better living conditions for the inhabitants. It won't be easy, but it's necessary to undertake new ways of solving problems in the city.


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