Traffic, Mexico City

MAY 2003 – Traffic at the large roundabout that circles the Monumento a la Independencia at the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

During a business trip to Mexico City in 2003 I had plenty of opportunities to explore the city. When I first stepped out of my hotel in the morning, I was overwhelmed by the traffic. It was dominated by green Volkswagen Beetles that were the majority of taxis back in 2003.

Apparently, the era of the bright green VW Beetles has come to an end in 2012 as the government of the city has not prolonged the taxi licences for two-door cars. This may have a positive impact on the environment (both in terms of exhaust fumes and noice levels) and the security of the passengers. The move has also affected prices, because modern four-door sedan cars are more expensive.

And most certainly, one of the true icons of the city – the green VW Beetle taxi – will be missed. At least by the tourists.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time06-MAY-2003, 16:52
LocationMexico City, Mexico
CameraKodak DC 4800
Exposure1/500 sec at f/4.5
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2160 x 1440 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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