First Stop in the New World

The subtitle is Mexico City, The Capital of the 21st Century.  If you are familiar with this charming metropolis, it is a superb book.  Excerpt:

Apart from the obvious problems of traffic and transportation, the growth created other confusing complications.  Today, out of the city’s eighty-five thousand streets, there are about eight hundred fifty called Juárez, seven hundred fifty named Hidalgo, and seven hundred known as Morelos.  Two hundred are called 16 de Septiembre, while a hundred more are called 16 de Septiembre Avenue, Alley, Mews, or Extension.  Nine separate neighborhoods are called La Palma, four are called Las Palmas, and there are numerous mutations: La Palmita, Las Palmitas, Palmas Inn, La Palmas Condominio, Palmas Avenida, La Palma I y Palma I-II Unidad Habitacional.

Here is the Amazon link.  Here is the author’s home page and blog, which has an excellent Raymond Chandler quotation.


I'm always a little confused when I hear smart people speak of Mexico City becoming a world class city in the 21st century.

Isn't Mexico struggling to modernize more than Brazil? Shouldn't the honor go to Sao Paulo or Rio?

Geographically, what makes Mexico City's future so bright?

That makes sense Eric H.

Kind of like London (which is the capital of Britain in a historical, economical, and political sense. Also has connections to North America and Europe, like Mexico City has connections to North American and South America).

So which Juárez street do you find if you look it up on a street or map index? When I tried it in Google, I seemed to come up with something on the western edge of Mexico City.

The meter in a cab I rode in when I was in Mexico City a month ago was serviced by a company located on Calle Jose Stalin. Maybe they should stick to 16 Septiembre.

"Mexico City is what we would have if we had made New York the capital."

Thank the flying spaghetti monster for DC in that case...

Mexico City, The Capital of the 21st Century

This is a dystopian novel, right, like "1984"?

I love the subtitle of a New York times article today on Berlin:

"Great opera, food and galleries have made the city the world’s cultural capital."

First, I'm willing to bet that most Europeans and Americans travel to London for their cultural fix.

I think it's time we stop using the term "capital".

Does anyone know where the quote comes from exactly?
My Googling couldn't come up with anything. I love MX and love me some Chandler, curious what his thoughts are.

M: It's from The Long Goodbye, Chandler's greatest work. Possibly the best detective novel of the 20th century. Sorry to disappoint you, but you won't find much about Mexico in there (some peripheral scenes take place south of the border, and one of the characters is a Mexican houseboy).

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