Hi Steven!

Thanks for your comments. I'm part of the WMMX bidding team and I happen to
live in the Centro Historico area (only a few bus stops away from the
venue). Even though it's anecdotal, I can say that *a good deal of my free
time is spent in this zone and I've never experienced crime here*. I do
take precautions, but they are nothing out of the ordinary (no flashing of
valuables, hailing a cab after hours, avoiding dark alleys, etc.)

I will not say crime doesn't exist: it's a real risk, strongly considered
when making our bid. As Ivan said, we don't want to take chances and will
have additional support from the authorities (Ivan is our superstar in this
regard). We believe the venue is safe and we're sure our guests will enjoy
their stay here. The zone is safe for (part of) our team to live there.

That said, our team (myself included) are looking forward to your questions
and comments. Rest assured we will do our best to make of this the best
Wikimania experience for everyone.


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> Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:46:30 -0500
> From: Ivan Martínez <gala...@gmail.com>
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> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement regarding Host for Wikimania
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> Thanks to all for your kindly regards and comments :)
>
> Steven, concerning to the public safety, our city are different from the
> known issues of the northern states of the country. In the link you quote
> for United States citizens are properly pointed for Mexico City: "no
> advisory is in effect". Also, the Centro Historico area (the venue are in
> the north of this Downtown area) is safe for tourism. But we will have in
> addition the special support and coordination with the Mexico City
> authorities for more vigilance and a special operative for reduce any risk
> to the minimum in the venue and their perimeter.
>
>
>
> 2014-04-21 22:55 GMT-05:00 Philippe Beaudette <phili...@wikimedia.org>:
>
> > On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM, Steven Walling <
> steven.wall...@gmail.com
> > >wrote:
> >
> > > it would be comforting to hear how we've assessed the bid
> > > regarding the safety issue, and how we're going to be prepared in case
> > the
> > > worst (robberies, kidnappings) do happen.
> > >
> >
> > Not a small concern.  But, I should point out, one that we've dealt with
> > before.  We had laptops stolen in Argentina, and physical safety concerns
> > in Alexandria, as I recall.  I say this not to put a panacea of "oh,
> there
> > there, it'll be fine" in place, but to assure people that this is
> something
> > that I know that Garfield and Elle, and the rest of the WMF team working
> on
> > this will consider and keep in mind. :-)
> >
> > pb
> >
> >
> > *Philippe Beaudette * \\  Director, Community Advocacy \\ Wikimedia
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