UK-Mexico Connection

 

Professor Graeme Evans, Director of the Cities Institite met the Mayor of Mexico City, Sr Oscar Arquelles in London this week.

 

Hosted by British Expertise the government's trade and research promotion agency, Graeme was part of a small invited group from the development and design industries to discuss opportunities in Mexico City. The city is undergoing major regeneration of its transport system (subway, roads, upgrading vehicles for a more green economy) and housing, including development of former industrial areas, as well as health and public amenities - in a city of 9 milion people, plus a further 9 million in the metropolitan region half of whom commute into the city for work each day.

 

Graeme presented Cities Institute's work on Accessible transport and community safety (AUNT-SUE), on the London2012 Olympic regeneration site and legacy. Graeme and the Mayor also discussed the growing issue of obesity (Mexico city has recently banned fast food from its schools) and LondonMet's recent 'ObesCities' work with the Mayors of London and New York on tackling childhood obesity and obesogenic environments through increased physical activity and healthier eating.

 

A UK delegation will visit Mexico City this September to view development sites and discuss opportunities for future collaboration and research.