When Will People Realize Mexico City Isn’t a Polluted Nightmare?

Here is the view from my apartment, four minutes ago:

Look at all that smog! And kidnappers! OK, not really -- but be forewarned: There ARE Mexicans.

Look at all that smog! And kidnappers! (OK, not really -- but be forewarned: There ARE Mexicans out there!)

Yes, your eyes aren’t failing you: It’s a BLUE sky with GREEN trees on a PERFECT FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

Earlier this month, when we were waiting to board our flight from Newark to Mexico City, I was subjected to some college-aged idiot sitting next to us who was clearly not headed to Mexico City but still had plenty to say about it to his adult sisters. I got the sense that he had figured out that B and I lived in Mexico, and we were headed home — a home he couldn’t imagine two perfectly normal-looking white people living in, ever.

So, a chance for him to share off his knowledge to those around him:

*Imagine Northern New Jersey accent, a la Tony Soprano. IDIOT is muscle-bound, overly tan, completely devoid of body hair, and is wearing a snug white t-shirt and a ballcap backward. You know the type? Yeah, me too.*

IDIOT in loud voice, to his sisters: Mexico City….Didja know, like, that’s the most polluted city on the planet?

Sisters: Meh.

IDIOT: No really. It is. You know why? Because they, like, sit in this big bowl, so the shit just sits there all the time. It’s awful.

Sisters: Meh.

IDIOT: Man, it’d suck to go there. Pollution and crime. You know, all that pollution and crime.

Me (thinking to self): Yeah, it’s too bad I have to leave, because New Jersey is nothing if not a sweet-smelling fracking utopia devoid of all seedy elements.

3 thoughts on “When Will People Realize Mexico City Isn’t a Polluted Nightmare?

  1. George says:

    It’s sad but Mexico City can’t just change a reputation it got on the 80’s.

    Mexico City is far from being the most polluted city in the world.

    In a 2005 UN report, Mexico City was the 40th most polluted city just above Tokyo and 5 places above LA. The ten most were all in China…

    Pollution is definitely still an issue. But the cliché dammages much more…

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