This site exists for the promotion of the ebook “Limits: On Foot Along the Edge of the Megalopolis in Valley of Mexico” which recounts the walk undertaken in November and December 2009 by me, Feike de Jong, as well as containing a thematic complement discussing 60 urban phenomena in the context of the physical edge of the Greater Mexico City Area.
The 51-day walk along the continuity of Mexico City’s built area discussed in “Limits” is part of a wider body of research and activities in Mexican cities undertaken by De Jong a Dutch-American, philosopher, urban researcher, journalist and musician based in Mexico City. Free downloads of presentations and texts are available under the products link.
I moved to Mexico City in 1999 and have been living here since then. Even before I came here I was fascinated by the idea of the size of Mexico City. My first article for Expansion Magazine was on the logistics of supply to the city. I married here and have children here. I walked along its urban edge seven years ago and have been going back ever since. This site and the accompanying blog on wordpress try to reflect my experiences, thoughts and wonder about this great city, Mexico Tenochtitlan.
“Limits: On Foot Along the Edge of the Megalopolis in Valley of Mexico” is an ebook in application format with created with funds from the Fondo Nacional de la Cultura y Las Artes. It contains two sections, the first comprises 35 geographically specific chronicles from distinct parts of the walk around the city. The second contains 60 brief essays regarding different urban phenomena organized in twelve categories, iconography, history, religion, construction styles, music, nature, entrances and exits from the city or pores, obstacles, dynamics of power, communities, entertainment, economy. The chapters of both these sections are geographically linked to specific parts of the edge of the city. Its is organized as a slide show of more than 200 photographs taken by Feike de Jong in different parts of the periphery.