Seemingly replaced by vinyl-printed ads since the early 2000s, artists who can paint advertisements by hand are making a comeback.
The Sonora Market is the commercial ground zero for religious fashions, from Santeria to medicinal herbs to ritual cleansings to statues of Santa Muerte.
Why the roving vendors of Ruta 6, one of Mexico City’s Mercado Sobre Ruedas, keep at their craft, and maintain customers despite the rise of Walmart.
Five local hairstylists speak to CityLab about the state of their city’s coiffing preferences.
“We could solve the subsistence problem ourselves without asking anything of the government…” says an owner of 12 chinampas. “If things continue like this the chinampa economy will have disappeared completely in 20 years.”
A glimpse into the often maligned and rarely appreciated police forces that manage the megacity.
A profession that dates back to Aztec times, most today are indigenous farmers on the grey divide between migration and seasonal work in the city.
Open spaces and nimble rides were crucial as volunteers collected and dispersed supplies amid toppled infrastructure.