what do you get when you mix primitive and povera and and rent-freeze controls and ajax green and barroque?
vecindades are popular tenements in central city districts in mexico, usually old decaying singular-family aristocratic houses, a couple of hundred years old, that then became squats and now are the ultimate form of "popular housing", where dozens of families take up old bedrooms as their flats. vecindades usually have a central indoor patio that opens directly to the street, making them ideal spaces for shady buisness: drugs, smuggling, storage, contacts, prostitution, etc.
the ultimate block candystore.
yes, this is the age of the extremes
and the city is the place of extremes
i've noticed that cities are polarized not only in terms of economic or social condition
access to service and culture and information
but also in terms of beauty
cities are crowded with
increasingly beautiful people
increasingly ugly people
i find this depressing
i am so used now to mistaking my hometown mex/city for streetscenes shot from caracas, bogotá, sao paulo, san salvador, managua
even buenos aires
a new true panamericana
the era of makeshift reuse plastic tent supercities
swallowing informal, which is the new modern (at least for us)