I am a startupper at forty-two. I have a PhD in urban planning and a master's degree in public policy. The city is practical. I try to be practical. I founded Covive because I missed living in Mexico, because I got tired of being an academic and because I am excited about the possibility of building a happier, more open and inclusive city... even if it is a shared house at the same time.
What is Mexico City for you?
Living Mexico City is like drinking water straight from the hose. Every corner is an explosion of jacarandas, every moment is wishing for hunger to return so you can eat six times a day. Experiencing this city is like visiting Bangkok, Barcelona and Buenos Aires on the same day. This city is magical: Its chaos is so orderly that everything out of order works. For those who get the hang of it, Mexico City is watching the filthy traffic from the comfort of the sidewalk.
What would be the best way to get to know Mexico City?
There is no better way than going for a walk. When we move slowly we appreciate details, sounds, smells. If you get tired, get on the subway, catch your breath and walk around a new neighborhood.
top 5 recommendations in Mexico City
- Read this chronicle by Martín Caparrós about this "Runaway City".
- Pick up a couple of weird recipes and head to the Mercado de San Juan to stock up on ingredients. And, while you're there, grab a couple of tuna tostadas at El Puerto de Alvarado, the Villeda Brothers' place.
- Eat barbecue on Sunday morning. My favorite is Don Pompilio's in the Mercado del Chorrito. Arrive, order a consommé and three tacos, always tongue or rib.
- You have to go to wrestling. I know it's a bit of a lie, but there are few things more kitschy and interesting. You also have to go at least once to have a drink at Hanky Panky (shhhh!) and to dance or watch Patrick Miller dance. Google it.
- Someday go see the Passion of Christ in Iztapalapa. It doesn't matter if you are not religious. In fact don't miss it if you are not religious.