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Planning for the Expansion of Mexico City

Rare separately published map of Mexico City, lithographed in London by Charles Straker & Sons, illustrating the first plans of Salvador Malo to expand and develop the urban landscape of Mexico City.

The map shows the area owned by Salvador Malo, with illustrations of a proposed hotel for the site. Includes illustrations of two facades for the hotel and 3 actual photos. The map is subdivided into 8 major sections of the city, with the ninth section (in red) being the area in which Malo's project is located.

Malo's map illustrates the expansion of Mexico City to the southwest, an area to which the wealthy residents of the city were relocating. Malo's project also reflected the urban planning influence of Cerdá and Haussmann.

Salvador Malo was one of the most important urban developers of the time. He  developed the Hacienda de la Teja, the Hacienda de Anzures, and the Hacienda de la Castafieda. He was a member of The Mexico City Improvement Company,' and an  admirer of, and participant in, world's fairs and modern urban planning. In fact, he  proposed a Barcelona-like Ensache for Mexico City, to gentrify the grounds surrounding the Paseo de la Reforma.  

Rarity

The  map is extremely rare.  This is the only example which we could locate, although there are 1998 facsimile copies in the Library of Congress and Bibliotheque National de France.