Each year 25 thousand new inhabitants arrive to Merida Yucatan

It is a challenge for the municipal government to increase the supply of housing, mobility, and employment in the city

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A year after reaching the mayorship of Merida, Renán Barrera Concha said that the growth of population in the city is one of its main challenges as estimates that every year come to live in the Yucatan capital 25 and 30 thousand people from other parts of the country and from abroad.

Given this, he said that his administration analyzes how to increase the supply of housing, mobility, and employment in the city since he stressed that in the last 80 years it went from 250 thousand inhabitants to one million.

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He stressed that in the city there is an offer of up to four thousand new homes, with the location mostly the north-east and north-east of the city, before which, the City Council works on a plan to re-densify the downtown area and attract the inhabitants again since traditional colonies and subdivisions are becoming empty.

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Barrera Cocha said that it seeks to mitigate the “donut effect” that is registered in the entity, since the peripheries have been populated and makes people live further and further, in addition to the fact that the territory has already reached the borders with other municipalities.

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“What this urban development program is looking for is that the city center can be re-densified and repopulated. That means we have to make urban development policies a little more aggressive,” he said.

The plan to attract the inhabitants to the center contemplates the development of other housing concepts such as townhouses, vertical developments, mixed uses that allow commercial and residential uses in the same building.

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The areas of greatest new housing offer range from the Francisco de Montejo subdivision towards Dzityá, towards Comchén, Sierra Papacal, to the northeast of Mérida. Likewise, a strip that goes from Las Américas to Ciudad Caucel, a point that borders the municipality of Ucú; On the east side, it goes from the Los Héroes subdivision to 50th Street in the south of the city.

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“There is an increasing interest of investors to invest within the urban zone and less in the periphery, something that certainly helps us to guarantee the quality of life of citizens,” he said.

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He said that those who are coming to inhabit the downtown area are mainly people who are looking for a place to retire, who are looking for a place to invest or work.

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In the last seven years, there are over 1,000 properties acquired by foreigners who were in ruins or abandoned in the historic center, mostly for residential use, according to city council data.

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Renán Barrera stressed that it must be understood that the city has become much more dynamic in recent years, with an invitation to everyone to wants to live in it.

Source: el financiero, sipse

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