dans Politiques et dynamiques territoriales dans les pays du Sud,
Jean-Louis Chaléard et Roland Pourtier (coord.),
Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2000, pp. 17-37.
To face the increasing urbanization and the growing needs of the people in the cities, the Mexican government is trying to establish a framework of laws that would support the medium-sized cities that are regarded as an alternative to the predominance of Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. But in a neo-liberal economic context, wich is little in favor to important land resettlments, the State can hardly do anything and the programs wich have already been started, in spite of incontestable succes, can seem marginal. The example of Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico, allows us to undestand better the stakes, the progress, and the limits of the Hundred Cities Program wich started in 1993 in order to revitalize medium-size cities, wich now have more than 30 million inhabitants.