Approaching Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport by air I catch a glimpse of a beetle-like shape etched into the ground on the outskirts of the city, thin lines and dots indicating where construction equipment once dug and shifted.
These tiny markings would prove a big topic of conversation during my short time in Mexico City. One of President Andres Lopez Obrador’s first decisions on entering office in December last year was to cancel Mexico City’s part-built US$13 billion new international airport. A long overdue replacement for the airport I was landing at, it had been launched with much fanfare by his predecessor president Enrique Peña Nieto. While Peña Nieto envisioned it as a new national emblem and his administration's legacy infrastructure project, his successor considered it a symbol of corruption and excess.
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