The fourth long-form article in the "History of the Present: Cities in Transition" series (Yangon, Myanmar; Havana, Cuba; and Belgrade, Serbia were the first three), Daniel Brook takes to Places Journal to explore in detail the Mexican capital, and through it the rest of the nation to the south of the U.S.A. Brook paints an in-depth picture of a nation and a city trying to shrug off its past and eye its future, with big projects like the city's new airport and a new museum (both designed by the son-in-law of the richest man in Mexico). Having put President Enrique Peña Nieto in power on plans to, essentially, make Mexico great again, many citizens are having second thought. "Now they’re fed the thin soup of nationalism," writes Brook, "and perhaps a poverty-wage job sweeping up the dust beneath the replica Olmec heads in the new airport terminal." Read Daniel Brook's full story at Places.

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