painting the slums of Mexico

A remarkable experiment is taking place near Mexico City, with the help of federal government funding. Local residents and artists have transformed Las Palmitas, a barrio in crime-ridden Pachuca, into a mega-mural of bright colours.

[T]he community-building efforts sparked by the mural project … have helped foster a new sense of civic pride and peaceful cohabitation. The Germen Crew [in charge of the work] spent months getting to know residents before the painting began, attending town meetings to discuss colours and workshops for children. ….

In Las Palmitas, officials say the programme, of which the mega-mural is part, led to a 79 per cent drop in the crime rate in the first half of this year, compared with levels in 2012. They see such grassroots campaigns as vital in a country struggling with rampant drug cartel-related violence and crime, Indeed, Mexico has thousands of barrios just as depressing and in need of rehabilitation. ….

[There is now] a queue of demands from cities to get the Palmitas treatment, including crime-torn Acapulco, Ciudad Juárez on the US border and Toluca, Ixtapaluca and Ecatepec in the troubled State of Mexico.

Jude Webber, “Mexico neighbourhood paints over troubles“, Financial Times, 27 August 2015 (metered paywall).

See also this ungated article in The Guardian.

For more ungated articles and images, google “Las Palmitas Pachuca Mexico”

Germen Crew paints Palmitas neighborhood...In the Las Palmitas barrio of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, a rehabilitation project has decorated a poor, marginal hillside community and at the same time helped its residents reconstruct the social fabric of their divided neighborhood.The graffiti artists of the Germen Crew, in conjunction with the Mexican Interior Ministry's Prevention and Citizen Participation division, has painted a radiant mural using a palette of 190 colors and the facades of the houses as their canvas. Antonio CerÛn, a neighborhood resident who was hired by the Germen Crew, works painting a wall.

Germen Crew paints Palmitas neighbourhood . . . In the Las Palmitas barrio of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, a rehabilitation project has decorated a poor, marginal hillside community and at the same time helped its residents reconstruct the social fabric of their divided neighbourhood. The graffiti artists of the Germen Crew, in conjunction with the Mexican Interior Ministry's Prevention and Citizen Participation division, has painted a radiant mural using a palette of 190 colours and the façades of the houses as their canvas. Vista of the Las Palmitas neighbourhood.

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  1. This project, though less grandiose, reminds me of Hundertwasser’s transformation of public housing in Vienna, Austria.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundertwasserhaus