I recently stumbled into a community center in Mexico City that really impressed me.
I was spending the day with a friend who has a solar panel installation company and who is developing an organization that promotes sustainability by offering training, advice and installation of renewable energy technology. It will also conduct research and development in the region around Tláhuac (southern Mexico City) where he and his business partner both grew up.
One of the day’s many meetings took place at Faro Tláhuac, one of four “Factories of Arts and Trades” on the outskirts of the city. Our visit was brief, but we saw workshops scheduled in ceramics, gymnastics, printmaking, music, programming, radio, gardening and dance, among other things. The place is organized and run by many volunteers and a few full-time staff paid by Mexico’s Secretary of Culture. All the workshops are free.
My friend was there to speak to them about the possibility of installing some solar panels, as well as to collaborate with their gardening and sustainability directors. It was a fruitful meeting, generating ideas for installations, training sessions, and even strategies for navigating Mexico’s bureaucratic hoops.
PS… A later meeting with a forward-thinking tortilla factory owner yielded the fact that his 11 small neighborhood tortillerías make 76,200 tortillas a day. One of the city’s sixteen districts, Milpa Alta, has 140 tortillerías. That’s a lot of tacos.