A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 6, 1984

The members of TIME'S Mexico City bureau who reported on the problems and prospects of the world's fastest-growing megalopolis for this week's cover brought to the assignment the survival instincts of megacity veterans. In nine years as a foreign correspondent, Bureau Chief David DeVoss has endured the traffic of jammed Hong Kong, the floodwaters of Bangkok's canals and a tour in war-torn Saigon. Soon after arriving in one of the world's most polluted capitals twelve months ago, he began to fear that the rarefied, contaminated atmosphere was affecting the health of his son,...

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