I’ve read a lot of travel articles on Mexico City, and I’ve had enough. Travel journalists, please, I dare you: Write an article about this city without using the words smog or crime. I somehow manage to survive here without noticing either (most days.) Tourists will notice the crime/smog even less, especially if they don’t have a window seat on the plane, and avoid going to Tepito, the thieves’ market.
Here we go, with the hive mind of the travel journalist:
- “It may be smog-choked, even crime-ridden in parts, but the lure of Mexico City is irresistible.”
- “Mexico City… has a reputation as a peculiarly modern type of hell, sweaty with smog and slums, but is equally shaped by its Aztec heritage and some of the most extensive colonial architecture in the northern hemisphere.”
- “Many first-time visitors arriving at Mexico City airport experience an urge to jump straight back on to the plane. The combination of urban sprawl, brown, soupy pollution and a tangle of motorways is indeed off-putting.”
- “Once known more for its crime, smog, and daunting size, Mexico’s capital is in the middle of a cultural revolution fueled by a rising economy.”
- “Mexico City, with a population of more than 20 million, is slowly overcoming its reputation as an urban nightmare of poverty, crime and smog.”
- “Mexico City has smog and crime – but also great food, music and art.”