Lomas del Centinela is a growing community on a hilltop in Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico. It borders the Bosque del Centinela, an important natural resource for the community, and several other communities.
The Zapopan municipality is home to some of the wealthiest and poorest communities in Jalisco creating stark contrast for its inhabitants. Many homes and businesses in Lomas del Centinela are part of the informal sector. In March 2019, MIT and Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG) researchers met with the community and a non-profit called Circulo de Amigos. The teams hoped to better understand the neighborhood in an effort to source problem statements. In the end, community members attended the full workshop and identified several areas for more exploration including: women's empowerment, education, infrastructure, public space, connectivity, and safety and security.
Now back in Cambridge, the MIT team is working on a research proposal to continue work with collaborators in Mexico. Meanwhile, community members continued to work to improve their home. Below is a brief list of some of their recent accomplishments: