Mexico City, Mexico, embodies the word megalopolis. It is one of the world's most populous cities, at the same time modern and cosmopolitan yet sprawling and ramshackle. Its industry, traffic (with accompanying smog), hotels, restaurants, museums, architecture, historic sites (both Spanish and Aztec) and performing arts are everything you'd expect of a world-class city.
However, Mexico City's poverty-stricken neighborhoods are textbook illustrations of the problems encumbering developing nations. Although Mexico City does present challenges for visitors, its rewards make a visit well worth the effort, and there's a clear sense that this is a city on the upswing. Crime has declined dramatically, the air is cleaner each year, and a lot of money has gone into infrastructure improvements throughout the central core. Those who dive into the fray often become addicted to the city's energy, food and attractions.
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