Looking to make Mexico City a safer and more welcoming place for citizens and travelers alike, the city is sinking millions of dollars into beautification campaigns, and it seems to be working well so far. Although Mexico might be seen by many as a dangerous place to go, the people really are warm and inviting, making the country one of my favorite to visit.
The plan is as big as this mammoth city: Turn a seedy metro hub into Mexico City's Times Square; clear swarms of feisty vendors and remodel the historic Alameda Central; illuminate the plazas and walkways of a park twice the size of New York's Central Park.
Mexico City's government is trying to transform one of the world's largest cities by beautifying public spaces, parks and monuments buried beneath a sea of honking cars, street hawkers, billboards and grime following decades of dizzying urban growth.
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