Martín Echenique, CityLab

Martín Echenique

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Washington, DC, United States

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  • Pacific Standard

Past articles by Martín:

The City on the Front Lines of Europe’s Immigration Crisis

Surrounded by razor wire, the Spanish enclave of Melilla is a pocket of European affluence in Africa, and a magnet for migrants who dream of crossing into the E.U. → Read More

As Venezuela's Crisis Continues, Airlines Are Fleeing

Since 2014, more than a dozen airlines have stopped operating from Maiquetía airport in Caracas because of the country’s political and economic crisis. → Read More

The Dramatic Spike in Immigrant Prosecutions at the Southern Border, Mapped

Mapping of the southern border shows a jump in immigration enforcement around the time the attorney general announced a zero tolerance policy. → Read More

How Will Latin America Handle Impending Gridlock?

Something must be done as car sales increase and cities grow. A new study envisions a plan for Mexico City, Bogotá, and Santiago, but says improving public transport is essential. → Read More

Mapping Puerto Rico's Hurricane Migration With Mobile Phone Data

Data from 500,000 smartphones reveals exactly where the island’s residents went after the storm, and when they came back. → Read More

The Bumpy Take-Off of Mexico City’s Wild New Airport

It will become the biggest airport in the Western Hemisphere by 2020. But not without overcoming some heavy turbulence. → Read More

How Much Are You 'Smoking' by Breathing Urban Air?

A new app converts the air-pollution data from your city into the number of cigarettes per day it's equivalent to smoking. → Read More

U.S. Homebuying Slows Down, But Not for Hispanics

During 2017, more than 167,000 Latinos became homeowners, significantly contributing to the country's economy. However, doubts around immigration issues make their future in the real estate market uncertain. → Read More

Puerto Rico Is Hit by a Total Blackout

Almost seven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is experiencing a complete power outage. The island’s electricity provider said it will take from 24 to 36 hours to bring power back across the U.S. territory. → Read More

Turning a Busy Street Into a Work of Art in Santiago

In Chile’s capital, artists occupied a temporarily closed street to create a bright pedestrian promenade. But its future is uncertain. → Read More

Exodus: The Post-Hurricane Puerto Rican Diaspora, Mapped

More than 135,000 Puerto Ricans have left the island and it is estimated that almost half a million could migrate to the continent by 2019. → Read More

After the Storm: Hurricane Maria Refugees Resettle in Amish Country

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a small town with a long history of integrating Puerto Rican families, but this most recent influx is putting its resources to the test. → Read More

Hurricane Evacuees From Puerto Rico Settle in Amish Country

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is taking in hundreds of evacuees from Puerto Rico. For many, the transition has been a challenge. → Read More

"Queering the Map" Visualizes LGBTQ Spaces Worldwide

When a design student launched an interactive project to map LGBTQ spaces in Montreal, it went viral. Then it went dark. → Read More

How the Urban-Rural Divide Is Playing Out in Puerto Rico

In Ponce, Puerto Rico, 92% of urbanized areas have electricity, but not a single rural neighborhood does. → Read More

Instead of a Wall, Why Not a Binational Border Bikeshare?

El Paso and Ciudad Juárez hope to open the first system to connect both sides of the Rio Grande by the end of 2018. → Read More

What Could Happen to Washington's Salvadoran Strongholds

Washington, D.C., has the largest number of Salvadorans who face an imminent fear of deportation from Donald Trump’s new immigration policy. But long before Trump’s announcement, other forces were driving them out of the city. → Read More

MacArthur Fellow Jason De León On Documenting the Undocumented

MacArthur Fellow Jason De León is documenting the stories of anonymous Mexican border migrants by gathering the artifacts they leave behind. → Read More

The Anonymous Activists Who Went to War Over Bike Lanes. And Won.

In the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, the anonymous collective Massa Crítica pressured the government to construct hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes. But it wasn’t easy. → Read More

What Donald Trump Will Find When He Meets Puerto Rico's Mayors

The mayor Donald Trump criticized wields enormous political clout in Puerto Rico. But coordination is difficult with 77 other mayors operating at the same level. → Read More