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This is such a great page. A great example of what Wikitravel can be; nice job. -- Evan 09:43, 11 Aug 2003 (PDT)

Ditto! This looks, and reads, great! Really well done. Majnoona

The last few months have seen some serious changes in how Wikitravel deals with huge cities like Mexico City (see Wikitravel:huge city article template for details. I took the liberty of trying to bring this article in line with those changes. The page doesn't flow as well as it used to, but that can be fixed. I think the big thing is to make sure that the districts of Mexico City are organized correctly (I don't think we can handle 250 of them!), and to keep moving stuff out to the district pages. And, of course, to keep adding info! -- Evan 09:37, 27 Nov 2003 (PST)

No worries about having 250 districts, most of the areas you've split things up into now consist of more than one Colonia anyway, and a lot of the Colonias have absolutely zero interesting things in them, so that shouldn't be a problem. I'm guessing we can end up with between 10-25 district pages for Mexico City, and have pretty much everything covered. I don't mind the changes you've done, really, although I want to go over everything and edit for that structuring scheme. JZ 18:39, 28 Nov 2003 (CST)

I largely want to commend you for this extensive work. I spent more or less 6 years out of 9 (from 93 to 02) in Mexico City. Near the end of this time I found myself going frequently to the parks( Los Dinamos, Desierto de Los Leones, and the big park that covers the area around "Pico de Aguila" Summit) that are up in the moutains to escape the city. These are wonderful places for rejuvenating from the caos of Mexico City. There is peace and quite, and a natural beauty that makes one curious to have known Mexico City maybe as recently as 40 years ago( before the largely uncontrolled urbanization). I would also like to recommend the towns of San Bartolo ?Xicomulco and San Pedro in the Delegation of Milpa Alta( extreme southeast, beyond Xochimilco); especially if you have a car. These are in my opinion the best examples of conserving that small-town feel near Mexico City. San Bartolo and the surrounding countryside is a little Jewel.

I want to put in a vote for the subway system( Metro) in Mexico City. It is absolutely wonderful. You raise the spector of crime( pick-pocketing) on the Metro. I´m sure it happens, but in all of my years of using the system, cero problemas. And as you stated, if something is not within easy walking distance of a Metro Station, there are taxis. I would on occasion, as an indulgence, just hail a taxi and go to my destination; slightly more of a concern for problems( use taxis that have a fixed base if you are preoccupied with this) then in the Metro but a certain luxury at a relatively low price. Before I left Mexico City, I came to HATE "peseros". Peseros serve their purpose, but I would caution people to look to other alternatives before taking them. They take off, they stop, they jostle from side to side. Sometimes on occasion they have drivers that look like adolescents, sometimes they have to yell out an obscenity at someone who is parked three lanes out into a four-lane street( ? triple parked). All the while, the people are packed in like sardines. I have experienced worse transportation in other parts, but I don´t actively search it out.

In nightlife, you mention dancing, but you fail to mention Cumbia and Norteñas. These two styles are predominant among average Mexicans. Any "popular" dance is going to be dominated by any of the various styles of music( Tex-mex, Columbian, Andean) that employs cumbia rythems with a healty dose of Norteñas sprinkled in. Even the dance clubs that feature "Tropical" are going to play ALOT of Cumbia.