Newly opened urban beaches in Mexico City are being welcomed by the city’s millions of residents who have never seen a beach.

The plan has been met with criticism from the city’s upperclass, who tend to vacation on Mexico’s coastal resort cities, but many of the city’s poor residents can not afford travel, and have never been to a beach.
Mexico City’s plan to open beaches in city parks was inspired by artificial beaches in European capitals such as Paris, Berlin, Rome, Amsterdam and Budapest. The Paris beach turns the banks of the River Seine into a faux-tropical retreat.

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