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Mexico City street food stalls lose colour in government crackdown

The visual feast of Mexico City’s iconic street food stalls is fading, following a local government crackdown on their colourful signage that has left a bitter taste among locals.

For decades, locals and tourists have been lured to the capital’s street food stalls with the help of these hand-painted colourful signs advertising the local delicacies for sale.

But this year, the capital’s Cuauhtemoc borough ruled that these vintage signs are to be removed and replaced with a standard logo from the local government.

The move has urban artists, stall owners and locals up in arms. They argue removing colour from the stands will see the loss of local art history as well as affect trade.

Cuauhtemoc’s Mayor Sandra Cuevas has defended the policy, saying it will standardise and better regulate the use of public spaces in the area.

(Production: Alberto Fajardo, Anna Portella, Alfonso Duarte, Sergio Rodriguez, Paul Vieira)


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