From crime zone to ‘utopia’: The Mexico City neighbourhood undergoing a unique transformation

Iztapalapa in Mexico City is notorious for soaring crime levels and poverty.

But in 2018, the local government began working to turn the borough’s fortunes around by investing in community initiatives to foster social cohesion.

Iztapalapa in Mexico City is notorious for soaring crime levels and poverty.

But in 2018, the local government began working to turn the borough’s fortunes around by investing in community initiatives to foster social cohesion.

Iztapalapa’s two million residents now have access to more public arts programmes, government services and sporting facilities.

But challenges remain in a community where there are high rates of violence on the streets and within family homes.

A Sense of Community visits this Mexican community during its busiest week, when residents stage one of the world’s largest festivals to mark Easter and cement cultural traditions.

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Credits:

Episode Producers: Andalusia Knoll Soloff, Nick Olle
Creator and Series Producer: Drew Ambrose
Associate Producer: Aun Qi Koh
Cinematographer: Craig Hansen
Drone Operator: Andalusia Knoll Soloff
Photographer: Toya Sarno Jordan
Graphics: Marc Keke Robertson
Theme Music: Vicki Hansen
Picture Editor: Adrian Billing
Digital Producer: Hasham Cheema
Cover Art: Row Yow
Production Manager: Susanna Low
Supervising Producer: Nick Olle
Executive Producer: Sharon Roobol
Special thanks to: Faro de Oriente

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