Two Tales of a City: Water Poor, Heart Rich

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — It’s Valentine’s Day here, and I’m traveling with our intern Soren Nielsen to learn first-hand about the freshwater crisis facing Mexico and Mexico City.

We’re staying with several families in the Iztapalapa municipality where, it seems, every inch is occupied by tarpaper shanties or ramshackle buildings. The universalities and metaphors abound — the poignant ironies that children here, even those without safe water, are making Valentines in school.

Watch for our report on the Woodrow Wilson Center site soon.’

–J. Carl Ganter
Circle of Blue director

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