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Mexico's central region has the best crop-land. It was here that the Aztecs built their capital city, the foundations of which lie beneath the current Mexican capital, Mexico City.

For decades, Mexico City has acted as a magnet for rural poor who have given up attempts to eke out a living from the soil.

- The size and location of Mexico City have spawned awesome problems (the worst smog in the Western Hemisphere, traffic congestion is among the worst in the world, essential public services—including the provision of drinkable water, electricity, and sewers—have failed to keep pace with the city's growth in population).

Mass communication has had an incalculable impact on culture. - Television commercials primarily use models who are ethnically European in appearance—preferably white, blue-eyed, and blonde. As if in defiance of the overwhelmingly mestizo character of the population (success has become associated with light skin).

- Television, however, has helped to educate the illiterate: Some Mexican soap operas, for instance, incorporate educational materials.

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